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‘Everton looked suspiciously like the rabble who did for first Ronald Koeman, then David Unsworth’

It wasn’t very good. It really wasn’t very good at all.

Everton’s second-half surrender at Wembley shocked Sam Allardyce and had the travelling Blues fans streaming for the exits long before the final whistle sounded.

A 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was bad enough, but it was the manner of the reverse that so alarmed.

And the national media, when not salivating over Harry Kane and co, were hugely critical of what the visitors coughed up on Saturday evening.

Jonathan Northcroft of the Times even went as far as to point the finger at individuals.

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“Everton looked suspiciously like the rabble who did for first Ronald Koeman, then David Unsworth, and Sam Allardyce voiced worry about the inconsistency of a group that could play so well at Liverpool last week and so pathetically here,” he scribes.

“The £45million Sigurdsson was evident on the teamsheet but not the pitch. Idrissa Gueye and James McCarthy were uncompetitive in midfield. The entire back four, especially poor young Jonjoe Kenny, were tortured.”

Rob Draper of the Mail picked up on the theme.

“The Sam Allardyce revival has faltered, this being a fourth successive defeat,” he pens. “More alarmingly, having only conceded twice in Allardyce’s first seven games, Everton have now conceded ten in four games.

“Against Spurs, they looked nothing like an Allardyce team: over-run in midfield, chaotic in defence and pretty much inviting their opponents to run amok.”

Jonjoe Kenny is challenged by Heung-Min Son
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The Telegraph’s Sam Dean highlighted a weakness in the Everton team that has been apparent for some time.

“Having enjoyed such an encouraging start to his time on Merseyside, Allardyce is now without a victory in six matches, and this group of players look a long way from winning any time soon,” he taps out.

“They have not even mustered a shot on target in three of their last five league games.

“There was no surprise that his opener originated down Everton’s left, where Tottenham’s Serge Aurier had made the most of the defensive inadequacies of the visiting left-back, Cuco Martina, and left-sided midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson.”


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With Allardyce having bemoaned not being more boring, Everton’s early intent at Wembley did not pass unnoticed.

Jacob Steinberg of the Observer writes: “Everton could not be accused of a lack of ambition during the early stages.

“Failing to react after selling Romelu Lukaku last summer has been a major factor in their muddled campaign but the arrival of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas has infused them with fresh hope.

“The forward was prolific for his former club and Everton could take encouragement from his speed and movement, which troubled Davinson Sánchez at times.”

Everton's Cenk Tosun had a difficult welcome to life in the Premier League
Everton’s Cenk Tosun had a difficult welcome to life in the Premier League

But, as Darren Lewis of the Mirror pointed out, it was a chastening lesson for the new boy.

“If ever there was a day for the 2017 Turkish Footballer of the Year to watch and learn it was this one as Harry Kane filled his…

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