Jordan Pickford

Pickford: We showed team spirit

Jordan Pickford

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says that his side showed fighting spirit as a unit today as they lost 2-1 at Old Trafford to Manchester United.

Pickford made a penalty save from Paul Pogba in the first half and was unlucky to see the rebound tapped home by the Frenchman after the England stopper got a strong hand to the initial spot kick.

The former Sunderland man then made a string of good saves to keep the scoreline down, but was unable to stop Anthony Martial’s long range curling effort from nestling into the corner of the net and making it 2-0 to United.

Pickford was seen remonstrating with Theo Walcott after the second goal, but said that he had just got lost in the moment and was telling the former Arsenal man that he felt he could have taken a better touch on the keeper’s clearance.

“They created chances and we created chances,” said Pickford, speaking to Sky Sports TV after the match.

“They got the penalty which was a bit soft I would say but then you’re going to come to Old Trafford and you know what type of atmosphere you’re going to be up against.

“I thought we stood up to it very well and dug in.  We showed our attitude as a team that we’re not beaten until the final whistle by getting a goal back.

“I get a bit heated sometimes [when conceding goals] and I’ve thought I’ve hit a decent ball.  We all know how fast Theo is and I think his first touch was a bit unfortunate.

“It came from that and I tried to say to take a better touch maybe but as I say we dug in as a group.

“We nearly got something at the end and I came up for the corner but it wasn’t to be.”

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