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Manager’s post-match comments after FA Cup loss

Everton v Leicester City - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Ronald Koeman
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Ronald Koeman was pretty livid with Everton’s performance after the Blues collapsed and got dumped out of the FA Cup in the Third Round at home.

“In my opinion, it’s not bad luck - we did it by ourselves. It was unbelievable how we dropped back after going 1-0 up and there was a lack of concentration.

“When I look at the equaliser, there was no pressing on the ball and we gave a fast player like [Ahmed] Musa a chance to score and he did that.

“We did the most difficult thing by scoring the opening goal because Leicester were playing very defensively. After scoring, I don’t understand why we lost the game, but if you play like we did after going ahead then you’re asking to concede goals.

“Everybody is disappointed. But we are still in a good position in the league table and I know that we need to change.”

The manager did drop off a hint for the Everton Board in his comments though, expressing his frustration at how long it’s taking to get the players he wants.

"I know what we need to change and if everyone opens their eyes today maybe we will get further on our improvement as a team. Because that's really what we need and that's all about what happens this month.

"I have that in mind and the board knows because we spoke together about what we need. That's the job of Steve Walsh and it's my job.

"I hope everybody realizes what the team needs to play and to get results that meet the expectations at this club.

"I can explain more but I don't like to because that's talks we need to do inside. But if a young player of 18 is today one of the best on the pitch then it says enough."

When asked if there had been any progress in the conversations with Manchester United for Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, he said -

"I don't know. I didn't hear anything about it. I don't know."