Disappointed Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has described his wards as a bunch of ‘lazy’ players after their poor 0-2 loss to Newcastle.
Two goals from Callum Wilson saw the Magpies end their 11-match winless run in all competitions with Saturday’s lunchtime victory at Goodison Park.
The result dealt a fresh blow to the Blues’ hopes of securing European qualification as they sit two points adrift of a Champions League place.
And Ancelotti refused to hold back in the assessment of how his team fared against Steve Bruce’s side in their fourth home league defeat of the season.
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“We were lazy,” admitted the Everton manager.
“We were slow and we were not focused. We gave away 12 corners to them, a lot of throw-ins. We didn’t win duels, second balls – this is the game.
“You can only show quality if you are there in this game because the game is about winning duels, second balls, avoiding corners, avoiding throw-ins.
He added: “I am disappointed. I don’t want to forget what we did.
“We had a good run and I hope it will only be a game like this.
“I hope that in the next game, on Wednesday [at Leeds], we are going to show spirit and attitude as we did in the past.
“We are in a good position in the table for the spirit, not the quality. We can show our quality only if the spirit is there.”