Unsworth: Sunday's game is huge for everyone

Friday, 3 November, 2017 0comments  |  Jump to last

David Unsworth expressed his disappointment at Everton's 3-0 defeat to Lyon, the latest poor result in a sequence that stretches all the way back to the team's last victory on 23rd September.

The loss sealed the Blues' fate in the Europa League and allows them to concentrate on what is shaping up to be a battle for Premier League survival based on recent performances.

Unsworth, who oversaw his third game since Ronald Koeman was sacked on Monday last week, fielded another changed line-up that featured no recognised striker until Dominic Calvert-Lewin was introduced with half an hour to go.

At that point, it was still 0-0 and Everton were more than holding their own but Lyon finally opened them up 10 minutes later, with two more goals and sending off for Morgan Schneiderlin to follow.

“I'm really disappointed with the result,” Unsworth said afterwards. “For nearly 70 minutes we were nearly perfect with our gameplan and created a couple of opportunities that we could and should have scored. To concede the first goal was really disappointing.

“But the effort and commitment was there. In periods we showed some nice touches and created a couple of opportunities against a very good Lyon team.

“But we just can't cave in the way we do when we concede a goal. That's something that we need to rectify very, very quickly going into Sunday's game.

“I say to all players I've coached and managed, when you concede, for five or 10 minutes you all come together and don't concede again.

“We've got to pick ourselves up really, really quickly. I don't like dismissing games, particularly games that you don't win, because you want to pick the bones out of them and have the time to work on things on the training ground. But we don't have that time, so we have to recover quickly and go again on Sunday.”

Everton face Watford at Goodison Park this weekend in a fixture that Unsworth rightly highlights as massive in terms of the team's morale and need for points.

Once again, there will be little time to dwell on defeat, with this next match before the international break coming fast on the heels of the trip to France.

“Confidence is a great word in football and you only get that from winning games,” he explained. “Unfortunately, over the period, we haven't done that enough. We need to do it very quickly, particularly on Sunday, which I think is a huge game. It's a huge game for the club, it's a huge game for me and I've left the players in no uncertain terms that it's a huge game for them as well.

“I'm sure they'll respond and I'm sure the Goodison faithful will get behind us all because we need them and we need three points on Sunday.”