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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Carlo Ancelotti is the coolest man in the room but he's not casual. So why were some of his players in this game? Ancelotti is as laid back as they come, but he's not sloppy, he's meticulous and exact, so why were Everton anything but for long spells? The Italian belongs in Europe, he's synonymous with its competitions, so why do the Blues continue to chuck in results which suggest they don't fancy being there next season? But what Ancelotti also preaches, as he did earlier this week when the guest speaker at a Liverpool University event, was that dwelling on defeats is pointless. To paraphrase the worldly-wise boss, you either win, draw or lose. There is nothing worse than that. Exasperated Evertonians may add that there is 'missing out on Europe', but Ancelotti's point remains. Look, and make no mistake, he was deeply unhappy after this, like us all, and struggling to understand the night-and-day differences between the team's home and away form - but he won't let the feeling fester, it's not his way. Read More Related Articles Carlo Ancelotti offers James Rodriguez injury update after late Everton change Read More Related Articles Carlo Ancelotti takes fresh swipe at European Super League ahead of Everton against Aston Villa So is that what his players should do? After another sorry night at Goodison, do Everton's players belatedly perform in the image of their manager and try to move on from this as quickly as possible? Pragmatism is not easy to find in the fog of anger after a defeat, but it might be the best remedy for Everton tonight. There is no point in the players feeling sorry for themselves. Forget it and move on. This is not the time to stew on a loss. Keep calm and carry on? Pretty much. Well, once the anger has subsided a little of course. Marcel Brands, who left his seat at full-time and walked more briskly than usual down the tunnel, will, as ever, compile a report on this game but even that should be filed to be looked at on another day, perhaps when the season is over. And like every other match report you may read after this, it will feel horribly familiar. Everton gifted goals and wasted chances. Welcome to a season at Goodison Park which is stuck on repeat. But performances, as we said last Friday night at the Emirates, don't matter at this, the business end of the season with a place in Europe to fight for, results do. Sign up to our free EFC email newsletter Get all the latest match reaction, stadium news, transfer talk and more. We'll have all the latest Everton updates as well as comment and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter. Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds! Everton, according to Ancelotti, still need four more wins from the five games that remain. The task should have been made easier here but it wasn't, it was made harder but it is what it is. It cannot be changed. Everton need to face the challenge head on and not lose their heads because of this loss. The last five games are more of a test of character than quality. One of those remaining fixtures is against tonight's opponents, Aston Villa, and lessons will, of course, have to be learned from the way Dean Smith's exposed the Blues in the first-half and, then, punished them in the second.
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. But they all are. The target hasn't changed for Everton, it's just that they have less time and margin for error. It almost feels that we are at the stage of the season where the manager's time should be spent less on analysing what went before and more on what lies ahead. There will be time to sift through this defeat at the end of the season.
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This game has gone. And the three points with them. The post-mortem can wait for the end of May. Ancelotti needs to use his experience to not only find the right tactics, and team, for the trip to East London next weekend, but to lift the spirits of the players and make them forget. For some players, the excellent Allan and Jordan Pickford among them, that will be straightforward because they played well and did their jobs here. For others, including Mason Holgate, it might not be as easy but he needs to put this one to bed as soon as possible. For long spells of this game, his first-half mistake, visibly, weighed heavy on his mind and affected his performance. It was only last season he was being talked about as future captaincy material. Now is the time to show his mettle and mental strength. Ancelotti will call on Holgate again between now and the end of the season – maybe not at West Ham given his display in this game – and he cannot let the feeling simmer inside of him.
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It's time for Ancelotti and Everton's leaders to come to the fore this week to refocus minds and ensure that this defeat doesn't have any lasting impact. The Blues, simply, cannot afford to let it. The last of the five games of the season is a trip to Manchester City. Everton can get something at the Etihad, of course, but they don't want to have to rely on it. And so the season, and whether it is seen as a success or not, boils down to games with West Ham, Villa, Sheffield United and Wolves. Theoretically, as a run of fixtures, that should offer Everton enough perspective after this defeat. The only issue is just two of the games are away from home, but that can't be changed. What can be is how the Blues perform here. It is still within their grasp but to remain on track, Everton have to forget about this and quickly.
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