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Ancelotti disappointed by result, encouraged by Everton performance

The Everton manager’s comments immediately after the final whistle

Burnley v Everton - Premier League Photo by Lee Smith - Pool/Getty Images

Everton fought back strongly in the second half to claim a 1-1 draw away at Burnley, though with the plethora of chances they created will feel they deserved a win. The quality was mostly there, but the execution was missing with a number of wayward passes and general lethargy doing in the Blues.

Speaking after the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti talked about the challenge his side faced and their performance.

“I think it was quite good. After a difficult start, we had difficulties in coming back into the game but in the end we equalized before the half.

“It was difficult - we had the injury of Fabian Delph, we changed the shape, it was not easy. In the end it was a draw that helps us move a little bit.

“Of course we wanted to win, we had opportunities, all at the end to get all three points, but we have to accept the result and also the performance.”

Burnley had controlled the ball for long spells in the first half with Everton down, and the Blues will have Jordan Pickford for a brilliant save that kept the hosts from going into the break up by two and probably out of sight.

“I think we saw mentally for the goal we conceded and it was difficult to come back. But at the end after five minutes, fifteen minutes, we were in the game until the end and I think we played a good game.”

Everton certainly had the better chances in the game but there are no moral victories in this game and will leave Turf Moor with just the point when they could have had all three. For a side that wants to claim it has progressed over the last couple of years, the results are not showing quite yet.