Friday 22 March 2019

Big Sam: We've moved on from 'humiliation'

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Everton manager Sam Allardyce insists last week's 5-1 thrashing at Arsenal was a "blip" and his players have already moved on from the humiliation.

The Toffees were 4-0 down in 37 minutes and afterwards the Toffees boss said the team played "crap", with unused substitute Wayne Rooney later claiming he was embarrassed by the performance.

However, Allardyce said that was now all water under the bridge. "It is one of those blips we have to get over and get over quick. The team have managed to do that," he said.

"The lads have accepted - we've all accepted - we were not able to compete with Arsenal, but in reality an Arsenal team as good as that has punished a lot of teams this season on their own soil.

"There was a spirited (second-half) recovery which will be forgotten about when you see 5-1 but it was one we have to react to in the right away."

Everton host Crystal Palace tomorrow, with referee Jon Moss returning to Merseyside just six days after his controversial officiating of Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Allardyce has no issue with the official taking charge at Goodison Park tomorrow.

"I think he chose to do the right thing and talk it out and then come to the decision," Allardyce said.

"Whether that decision was right or wrong only his bosses and him can discuss that.

"The only thing they didn't do is cover their mouths up because the camera goes so close."

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