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Keane: The lads are distraught in the changing room

Defender trotted out to parrot the company line after defeat

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It’s always interesting to see which player gets chosen by the team to handle media duties after games. Everton have been on the wrong end of both hopeless thrashings and gut-wrenching losses this season, and yesterday’s defeat at Watford FC falls in the second category.

For the last week or so while the Blues were in Dubai, it had been the defenders and goalkeeper talking up the forward line, which was pretty miserable yesterday. Everton were outworked, outpossessed, outshot and basically out-everything-ed once again this season by an inferior team.

While Sam Allardyce looked content to play for a draw, it was the home side’s manager Javi Gracia who showed more adventure throwing on another striker in the second half looking for points, and was rewarded for his adventure.

After the game, Michael Keane spoke to the media.

“We lacked creativity. We got in good positions and could have caught them on the counter a few times. But it didn’t quite happen for us today. All we can do is keep working hard.

“We were more solid in general but we didn’t create a lot. They punished us when they got a chance.

“The lads are distraught in the changing room. We have no excuses – we have to do better. We know that. We had the right mentality coming into this game and we were desperate to do well and turn our away form around.”

We know Michael. If the players are distraught, then the fans are positively apoplectic.

“We can’t explain our form away from home. We are extremely disappointed with the result today.

”First half, we were well in the game and got into some good positions but we didn’t manage to show the quality that we have got.

“We have shown it at home this season but away it has gone missing. We didn’t show that quality today.”

No, no you didn’t. And here we are now, general apathy.