Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce has lashed out at his players after another lackadaisical display. He admitted that the fans were right for booing the team and confirmed that he had to bottle his frustration in.
The Toffees were able to get a point from their lifeless showing at home to a West Bromwich Albion side that gave their all to secure much needed three points away from home to put them in a better position on the Premier League table.
Jay Rodriquez had scored an early opener for the Baggies before substitute, Oumar Niasse came off the bench to score an equalizer for Everton from new signing, Theo Walcott’s header. Salomon Rondon, however, hit the crossbar in stoppage time to spare a point for Allardyce’s resurgent Everton.
“It was difficult to watch it today,” Allardyce admitted. “I think every fan in the ground is probably wondering what they were watching compared to what they saw just a couple of weeks ago when we were beating Swansea and put in a very resilient performance against Chelsea.
“I have no problem with them booing us, as they deserved booing. The players should listen to that, as I do. Our defending was that bad for their goal an under 11 side could have scored it.
“I see a lack of confidence in the side and it’s my job to keep going and keep pushing the players about making the right decisions and playing in the right areas, defending properly when needed.
“There were a lot of nerves out there today and that caused a lot of misplaced passes and, of course, even the goal we gave away came off our goal kick.
“I’m just pleased that we got a point in the end from our substitute making an impact and popping in an equalizer for us. But some of the decisions we made today obviously weren’t the right ones so it’s our job to try and sort that out for the players in their minds.
“We’ve got to try and get them back to [making the right decisions which] clearly comes from the last results not being very positive. At least this was a positive result because we didn’t deserve any more than a point, that’s for sure.
“I think frustration is an understatement!” the manager continued when queried if he shared the feelings of the Goodison spectators, many of whom booed their team off at the final whistle. “I’m holding it in!
“The players know they didn’t perform today. They are well aware of the lack of performance they gave today in an Everton shirt at Goodison. They didn’t pass the ball today very well to anybody.
“We have to pick ourselves up and make sure that we work hard and be more determined mentally — it’s a mental problem they’re suffering [from] at the moment and we’ve to overcome that to bring out the ability that I’ve seen when I first arrived here.
“We (the management staff, the backroom staff and the players on the pitch) can be the only ones to make the change and can get it better and that’s what we must work very hard to do.
“But in the end, it’s been a very precious point for us today.”