“It was a high intensity game and I think we were tired”: Carlo Ancelotti blames Everton’s defeat by Fulham for the fatigue after defeating Tottenham in the FA Cup during the week, but accepts that Toffees “is not good were enough “.
- According to Carlo Ancelotti, fatigue played a role when Everton were beaten 2-0 by Fulham
- Everton surprisingly lost after beating Tottenham in overtime mid-week
- Ancelotti admitted that his team’s performance was not up to the required standard
- Fulham boss Scott Parker praised Josh Maja, who scored both goals for his team
Carlo Ancelotti believed fatigue was a factor when his Everton side lost 2-0 to Fulham after 120 minutes of an FA Cup midweek win against Tottenham.
The Italian felt like he caught up with his players despite four changes to the team and it will be a blow to have Manchester City and Liverpool played at Anfield next week.
Josh Maja scored a brace when relegation-threatened Fulham secured a surprise win.
Carlo Ancelotti believed fatigue was a factor when his Everton side were beaten 2-0 by Fulham
“The performance wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t what we expected because we knew it was an important game but we knew it was difficult too,” said Ancelotti, whose side have played in their last four home games did not win.
“We couldn’t cope with the difficulties we were facing. It was a high intensity game and I think we were tired from Wednesday’s game.
“Of course we are really disappointed because we climbed the table with the win and now we have two difficult games to play, but I think we have to have hope because we have usually played those kinds of games better.”
Everton went into the game after beating Tottenham in overtime in the FA Cup fifth round
Fulham manager Scott Parker insists he has always been confident that their luck would change and believes the way they play gives them every chance to avoid the fall.
A run of 12 league games without a win ended with a 2-0 win at Everton, thanks to a brace from loaner Maja on his Premier League debut.
The 22-year-old, who featured prominently in the documentary of Til I Die in Sunderland as a youth perspective who rose to the first team a few years ago, scored two typical poachers goals from close range to move the cottagers to third place bring within seven points of Newcastle.
Fulham manager Scott Parker insists he always hoped his team’s fortunes would change
“Much of the performance tonight was in the last 15 games. The difference is that we scored a few goals and won the game,” said Parker, whose side had scored just 17 goals in 22 previous matches.
‘That always gave me faith. Overall, I thought we were fantastic from start to finish against a very good Everton. We did a very good job canceling it.
‘The first half was obvious for what we saw a bit: real domination, numerous chances created, hit the post, failed to get the ball into the net.
“I’ve always felt that it had to change and the reason I say this is because of what I see.
“They (the media) analyze it as a win-loss draw, but I analyze it deeper and we create great opportunities.
“If we keep doing the right things, that will change. The next step is for us to enjoy that, get in tomorrow and then have a huge game against Burnley. ‘
Parker was full of praise for Maja, who only scored a brace on his second appearance in Fulham
Parker had praise for Maja when he only arrived from Bordeaux on the second deadline.
“To score two goals tonight is fantastic,” he added. ‘The first move was brilliant and it’s there to tap and the second is a striker’s instinct to knock you off the rebound off the post.
‘It has been well documented that we missed some great opportunities. The fine margins are that we weren’t clinical enough and tonight we were.
“A big boost for the team, nothing less than what they deserve.”