Everton defender Michael Keane has blamed – in part at least – fatigue for the Blues losing to Brighton today as they end 2018 in tenth place in the Premier League.
The Blues struggled to break Brighton down at The Amex and none of the key players were on their game as Richarlison, Bernard, and Theo Walcott all struggled to hit their form away from home.
Everton grew into the game, as Keane admits, but failed to break the deadlock and there was a long discussion about offside before Brighton were award the goal that ended up separating the two sides.
It has been well documented that Everton have a tough festive period, playing the four festive games in the space of just 10 days, but you have to question the excuse of tiredness when you are watching professional athletes.
Speaking after the defeat to Brighton, Keane told the BBC, “At the time a lot of the lads were not sure who the ball came off but I was right there, it came off our player, so it was not offside, he was lucky it happened to fall to him, unlucky for us.
“We didn’t start as we wanted to, they put pressure on us and got the goal. We didn’t create clear cut chances.
“They started brightly, we grew into the game, I had a chance with my head. We’ve got to take them. If we go 1-0 up, we can control the game. We had a win against Burnley and wanted to build on that.
“Maybe the loss was down to fatigue, but also they have got a good defence, solid, hard to break down. So do we so there were never going to be too many goals. Maybe fatigue played a part, on our day we could cause them problems.
“We need to put things right, ensure we start the year with a win and get up the table back to where we belong.”
Everton face Leicester City at Goodison Park on New Years Day.