‘It was a schoolboy defending’: Martin Keown slams Everton after their loss to Aston Villa saw them fail to skip Tottenham and Liverpool … while singling out Andre Gomes for criticism
- Ollie Watkins jumped on a Mason Holgate foul to put the visitors ahead
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalized before Anwar El Ghazi scored a late winner
- Martin Keown slapped Everton for ‘defending schoolboy’ in Goodison Park
- He was also appalled by midfielder Andre Gomes’s poor performance
- Keown expects Ancelotti to enter the transfer market on Saturday
Martin Keown didn’t pull his fists when it came to analyzing Everton’s performance against Aston Villa as the Arsenal legend hit the soft center of the Toffees and chose Andre Gomes for particular criticism.
Ollie Watkins took advantage of Mason Holgate’s mistake to put the visitors at Goodison Park ahead before a quick response from Dominic Calvert-Lewin brought the hosts up to par.
It stayed 1-1 until the 80th minute, when Anwar El Ghazi brilliantly curled home to secure a first away win for Dean Smith’s squad since February 27 and Everton convinced themselves that this was missing an opportunity to win Tottenham and Liverpool to sixth place.
Everton missed the opportunity to skip Tottenham and Liverpool after losing to Aston Villa
Martin Keown hit the Toffees and singled for Andre Gomes for having a bad ball
The Portuguese midfielder was withdrawn with 20 minutes to go and replaced by Fabian Delph
Keown said about BT Sport after the game: “It seemed that Villa was better prepared and was teasing Everton.
Andre Gomes gave it away so many times it was criminal. What is his job if he doesn’t succeed well?
‘Education must be built into the central ridges. The full backs left the back line and the middle backs didn’t know how deep to go.
Ancelotti has a lot to work on. It was a schoolboy who defended. He (Ancelotti) knows what he wants in the transfer window and he didn’t get it today. ‘
The defeat extended the eight-seeded Everton’s sorrowful home league to one victory in the last 10.
It also made a huge dent in their hopes of getting a match in hand a very short distance from Chelsea in fourth place.
Ancelotti admitted that the performance, a week after they beat Arsenal in the Emirates, did not justify more than they got from the match.
Carlo Ancelotti denounced his squad’s lack of concentration, saying they deserved to lose the game
He said, ‘Not good enough. Completely different from the last match we played against Arsenal, which had more concentration, more spirit and more attitude.
‘The start of the game was really bad: no concentration, a lot of wrong passes, no balance when we attacked.
“We had opportunities, but we also faced a lot and we deserved to lose at the end of the day.”