Roy Keane believes that Everton and Jordan Pickford’s time-wasting tactics in the first half were disgraceful but also admitted that he gets it. Everton is just two points behind Burnley and Leeds after their 1-0 win over Chelsea. Burnley also earned a comeback win against Watford to pull them level with Leeds. Richarlison scored the only goal of the game to send Goodison Park into raptures.
“Every time there was an injury, they were staying down for ages. Pickford made some great saves, but his time-wasting was disgraceful. But I totally get it. They must win a game of football. I think where Everton are, you’re fighting for your lives, fighting for survival, for Frank, the players and for the supporters yesterday,” Roy Keane said about the time-wasting by Everton. “The atmosphere, it was electric. Before the game, I thought Everton were in big trouble, but after being at Goodison, I’m thinking that Everton will stay up. I know they have got away games, but they’re in form with that atmosphere, the players simplify it and get behind the ball. Their pressing awarded them that goal.”
“That spirit, that energy, and I think the defenders would be delighted that they haven’t got that responsibility of playing from the back,” he added. “Their total focus is on just defending, when it goes back to the keeper, they can go up the pitch and they can enjoy defending, but not worry about the other side of it.”
“What’s really jumped at me was how direct Everton were in those two games. Just look at Jordan Pickford’s pass map. He’s had the ball 44 times and he’s gone long every single time,” Jamie Carragher said. “Now that is a complete change for Frank Lampard in terms of his philosophy and how he’s gone about things at Everton. Now, the interesting thing for me is: will that continue?”