Liverpool news What happened between Ancelotti and Godfrey sums up Everton desperation MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Verdict - Phil Kirkbride offers the final word on an embarrassing Premier League defeat for Everton

Liverpool news What happened between Ancelotti and Godfrey sums up Everton desperation MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Verdict - Phil Kirkbride offers the final word on an embarrassing Premier League defeat for Everton

Liverpool news  What happened between Ancelotti and Godfrey sums up Everton desperation MetiNews.Com
16 May 2021 - 22:01

Breaking News ! Ben Godfrey received the ball in space, 35 yards from goal, and decided to shoot. His right-footed effort was sliced and drifted harmlessly away from Aaron Ramsdale's goal at the Gwladys Street End. Godfrey back-peddled into position to be ready for Sheffield United's goal-kick but Carlo Ancelotti wanted to enquire about his thought process. “Ben! Ben! Ben!” the Everton manager bellowed from the technical area before, eventually, getting the attention of his defender, who could've been forgiven for wanting to avoid the exchange. Ancelotti, with a typically expressive gesture, then held out his hands as if to say: 'why did you do that?!'. Godfrey didn't say anything but replied holding out his hands and shrugging his shoulders, as if to come back to his manager with: 'well, it was worth a try as nothing else is working is it?!'. He wasn't wrong, and you couldn't really blame him, but it was everything a well-organised and committed Sheffield United wanted to see: long-range pot shots from defenders. It was the 73 rd minute when Godfrey tried his luck from distance in an act of desperation and exasperation but, the truth is, Everton had been clutching at straws from much, much earlier in the game. Namely, minute seven. Because an already high-pressure, must-win game turned into a living nightmare for this Blues squad when 17-year-old Daniel Jebbison tapped home, unmarked, at the back post, to make it 1-0. Sign up to our free EFC email newsletter Get all the latest match reaction, stadium news, transfer talk and more. We'll have all the latest Everton updates as well as comment and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter. Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds! Not only were Everton carrying the weight of a desperately poor home record with them. They also knew, in the back of their minds, that they don't do very well when conceding first. This Everton team like defending leads, not chasing them. Ahead of kick-off, the Blues' points haul this season when having gone behind stood at seven. One win and four draws. It remains that way, this evening, as the dust settles on a defeat that has done more than just dent hopes of European qualification. A wrecking ball has gone through them. What was loosely in Everton's grasp, is now out of their hands. The Blues need West Ham and Spurs to drop points if they are to stand any chance of finishing seventh and qualifying for Europe, but if you take what Ancelotti said, literally, then it's over. After Thursday night's draw with Aston Villa he said a win tonight, in the first of back-to-back home games, was a must, otherwise forget it. After this he stopped short of saying it was over but, rather, solemnly said Everton had missed a “great, great opportunity”. But Europe wasn't at the forefront of his mind, home was. Goodison and the wretched record there this season. One he admitted that has left him “embarrassed”. Read More Related Articles Everton players ignore Carlo Ancelotti request as fan question set to be answered Read More Related Articles VAR dismissed Everton handball claim against Sheffield United By Ancelotti's own admission, and as has been obvious to any and every Evertonian for a long time, attacking is not this squad's strong point, the early season goal-rush was a false dawn, and it must improve next season, with the help of summer additions. Finding a way to win, being hard to beat and defending leads, is where this group excel. Breaking down stubborn defences is where they flounder.

. Like here. At Goodison. Again. And when Jebbison opened the scoring, a sense of panic set in. You could visibly see the anxiety, caused by going behind, coursing through their veins. You could feel the desperation in the air. The nervousness around the team only heightened when Richarlison's diving header was kept out brilliantly by Ramsdale before Dominic Calvert-Lewin hammered the rebound straight at him from two yards out. Jebbison was making his Premier League debut and, earlier this season, was on loan with non-league Chorley. Ramsdale, some of you may recall, was a player the Blues tried to sign in 2017 for the under-23s squad. As the saying goes: Everton, that. That desperation would, as the three minutes of time added on ticked by and Michael Keane's hopeful chip into the box went straight out for a goal-kick, turn to despair. At full-time, Richarlison went onto his haunches and then pulled his shirt over his head, almost wanting to block out the reality of another sorry defeat at home. But one with added meaning, of course. Everton have now lost nine times at home in the Premier League this season, as many times as they did in 1993-94, and Sheffield United added their name to a list that includes Manchester United, Leeds, West Ham, Man City, Newcastle, Fulham, Burnley and Aston Villa. Wolves, and 6,500 home supporters, arrive here on Wednesday hoping for better. You'd be tempted to say it can't get much worse, but it can, of course, because the thread from which Everton's hopes of Europe dangle, could have worn completely by full-time. Must-read Everton FC news Ratings as every outfield player abysmal Carlo Ancelotti message ignored Ancelotti's message after United defeat VAR dismissed Everton handball claim Ancelotti was already talking about next season, in his post-match address, and the need for him to find a “solution” to the team's struggles to break teams down or chase down games in which they are behind. He has, previously, spoken of needing only two or three additions this summer but evenings such as this suggest a bigger injection of quality is needed. Ancelotti, for the first time in a long while, was able to field his strongest, or very near to, starting XI, yet he still felt compelled to pick a team that had Seamus Coleman as a right-winger and Mason Holgate at right-back. Both would be the first to tell you that right-wing and right-back, respectively, are not their best positions. At the start of the second-half, Ancelotti abandoned the plan, Holgate went off, Coleman dropped back and on came Gylfi Sigurdsson. He could easily have made the change straight after the visitors had scored but chose not to. But the solution goes far beyond what is currently at his disposal and beyond his decision to try and, seemingly, help create that away day spirit, for a crunch game at Goodison, by changing the pre-match routine. Usually, the players arrive for home games from the team hotel, individually, in their cars but here they came via coaches, as they have done when on the road. You can understand Ancelotti's logic and such has been his own desperation in trying to work out why their season has lurched to such extremes, he appeared willing to give anything a try. But it didn't work. Hopefully the return of fans will ensure Everton finish a dreadful home campaign with, at least a victory and avoid anymore performances which force Godfrey into trying his luck from 35 yards. Read More Related Articles 'I feel embarrassed' - Carlo Ancelotti sends double responsibility message after Everton loss Read More Related Articles Everton player ratings as every outfield player abysmal against Sheffield United

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Liverpool news What happened between Ancelotti and Godfrey sums up Everton desperation MetiNews.Com


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Liverpool news What happened between Ancelotti and Godfrey sums up Everton desperation MetiNews.Com


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