The Croat was handed a start in the defeat at Goodison Park following his impressive contribution off the bench against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League last Thursday.
Vlasic was a revelation against the Cypriots and scored what almost proved to be the winner with a second-half strike but it was he who switched off the allow Steven Ward behind him in the Premier League game against the Clarets to provide the winning assist for Jeff Hendrick.
The 19-year-old wasn't shying away from his mistake and he accepts it's part of the learning process for a young player at a new club.
“It is very disappointing because we started the game very well,” Vlasic told evertontv.
“We had chances, we pushed them into their defensive 60 metres but we made one or two mistakes and conceded a goal.
“In the first half, yes [I was happy with my performance], but the goal… I was part of that mistake. I am very sad about that but I gave it my all and I wanted us to score the goal to earn a point. I wanted to win but after 1-0 you need to score two goals.
“I am very disappointed about that. But I believe in this team. I think we are very good players and we have a good manager.
“Sometimes in football, you have luck, sometimes you do not. In the past few games we had many opportunities but did not score and if the opposing team had an opportunity they scored.
“In the future, it will be better.”
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1 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:44:27
2 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:50:24
We shouldn't really be worried about an odd mistake though. We should be looking at their goal as a consolation as we bang in a few ourselves.
You make your own luck in life.
3 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:29:29
4 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:31:39
Head up lad!
5 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:17:09
6 Posted 02/10/2017 at 22:49:22
However, their goal was a well constructed 24 pass move etc. We must have been surprised at their tactics. We also must have had plenty of chances to get the ball off them before the errors that led to the goal
7 Posted 03/10/2017 at 01:31:37
8 Posted 03/10/2017 at 06:20:31
9 Posted 03/10/2017 at 06:28:28
10 Posted 03/10/2017 at 07:59:05
And I like that picture at the top. I maintain that Rooney can be very good for the young lads.
11 Posted 03/10/2017 at 09:45:22
Yeah, maybe we could do a caption competition for the image above.
"Have you passed your driving test Nikola? Fancy earning a few quid over the international break?"
12 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:51:53
He will learn and get over that mistake., I like him, think he is going to be a very good player for the Blues, providing we can keep him. He will be looked at by the top clubs in the not too distant future. Keep your head up, lad, you have done well up to now.
13 Posted 03/10/2017 at 20:52:06
14 Posted 03/10/2017 at 20:58:13
Clutching at straws.
15 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:12:01
16 Posted 04/10/2017 at 03:43:25
17 Posted 04/10/2017 at 09:59:34
Vlasic was the bright point early in the game and with a bit of luck, we could have taken the lead. Yes, he made a mistake, and yes he faded from the game as we stopped getting the ball to him; but no, absolutely no way was he responsible for that defeat. Responsibility lies with the man stood on the sidelines, looking down at the ground with his hands in his pockets and clueless about how to fix the problems that he himself has created.
It's blindingly obvious how to fix them, Ronald. Put as much pace and width into your team as you can. That means playing two of Lennon, Vlasic, Lookman or Mirallas. Drop Williams as he is too slow, and even on the rare game he doesn't make a fatal mistake, he's pulling others so deep he affects their game as well. (Schneiderlin is the one suffering most, but also Keane, Baines, and whoever plays right back.)
And Ron, if you really want some breathing space and some support from the terraces, then sit down with Unsworth and work out how many of the kids you can play in the next game, because they will not be any worse than the likes of Martina and Williams.
18 Posted 04/10/2017 at 18:08:15
19 Posted 06/10/2017 at 14:54:37
Fair play Vlasic for taking his part of it on the chin. He switched off and you don't get that kind of reaction time in the Premier League. Sounds like the sort to at least learn from it.
20 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:15:18
At least Schneiderlin when he saw the situation made an effort to get there.
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