Everton manager Allardyce rips into his players' 'pathetic performance'

Posted February 08, 2018

While there was plenty to celebrate for Arsenal, particularly the performances of their new signings Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who produced three assists, it was misery for Everton, and manager Allardyce was furious at his players for failing to follow orders. "I'm not frustrated. I'm angry - very angry - at the players performing to that level. And that's why we were tumbling goals left, right and centre with our pathetic performance". We didn't implement my plans either defensively or offensively and the game was dead and buried. "Unfortunately, Swansea played at the top of their game and we played at the bottom of our game".

He said the whole team had turned in a sub-par performance. It is football, and whatever formation you play, or whichever personnel are in the team, you have to do your best.

"If we're clever enough to not give the ball away and break out from when we win the ball back with some quality forward passes and forward runs, we can play well and get good counter-attacking movement going". I wanted a manager like that who could get the best out of me.

The win was Everton's first in eight matches across all competitions, and also their first against a team now above them in the table all season. It's hard to go into a first team dressing room with the likes of Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires.

The hosts had taken the lead within just six minutes and piled on the misery further throughout an abject first half at the Emirates Stadium for the visitors. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton midway through the second half but the game was all but over at that stage. "And they're two of the youngest players showing the older players what they should have performed like", he said.