Jordan Pickford ‘not happy’ after disappointing Everton defeat - “we can’t just rely on home games”
The Everton goalkeeper was the Toffees’ best player in the defeat to Southampton.
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The Toffees were out-performed by the Saints on Saturday afternoon and it could have been worse if Pickford didn’t pull out a string of world-class saves.
Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long netted in the second half for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side as their fine form continued.
The defeat leaves Everton only four points adrift of the relegation zone and means they haven’t won away from Goodison Park since August.
“It wasn’t our day”
Pickford was Everton’s best player down south and was forced into a number of saves in the game to deny the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and James Ward-Prowse.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Pickford said: “I think we started really well.
“The first 10 minutes we had a couple of chances, but we just couldn’t continue that and we let Southampton grow into the game. We know, at their place, what a good team they are.
“It was disappointing because we’ve had a couple of results at Goodison since the new manager has come in. We just need to gel away from home – we can’t just rely on home games.
“It’s about coming away, standing up and getting results. We wanted to come away with something today, but Southampton were the better side.
“I think they grew into the game better than us. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day, but as a group of players, we have to keep working hard on the training pitch and pick up results.
“We’ve got City next week – they’re the best team in the league but it’s about us being a unit and having that togetherness home and away to pick those results up.”
“I’m not happy”
On a positive note for Everton, Pickford’s performance was a shining light and was evidence as to why he continues to be England’s number one.
But Pickford insisted his individual praise received isn’t worth it if they go away with nothing.
“I felt I was in the moment,” he added.
“I was making saves, that’s what I’m there for, to help my teammates out and help the club out.
“All I want to do is to try my best to keep the ball out of the net – I conceded two today, so I’m not happy.
“It’s about picking ourselves up and going again next week now.
“We know our capabilities and we know the ability in the squad – it’s about picking those results up home and away and having that togetherness. I think we’ve got that.”