Roy Keane called Everton’s time-wasting tactics “shameful” in the 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park but admitted he “understands”.
Everton are 18th in the Premier League table, just two points behind Leeds and Burnley outside the relegation zone with one game less in both. Burnley secured a hard-earned 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday, meaning the pressure was on Frank Lampard and the Toffees to deliver a result.
Richarlison’s second-half goal in a rowdy Goodison Park gave them the win, but speaking on Monday night footballKeane said some of the game delays, caused by Everton, had left a bitter taste.
Keane said: “Whenever there was an injury they would stay on the ground for ages. Pickford made some great saves but his loss of time was shameful.
“But I totally get it. They have to win a game of football. I think where Everton are, you’re fighting for your life, you’re fighting for your survival, for Frank, the players and the fans yesterday.”
Everton have won just two of their last six games – the other in a 1-0 win over Manchester United, also at Goodison Park. Keane suggested the home atmosphere could have a big part to play in Everton’s bid for survival.
He said: “The atmosphere was electric. Before the game I thought Everton were in big trouble, but after being at Goodison I think Everton will stay on their feet.
“I know they’ve had away games but they’re in good form with that atmosphere, the players simplify and get behind the ball. Their pressing got them that goal.
“That spirit, that energy, and I think defenders would be happy not to have the responsibility of playing from the back.
“Their focus is only on defence, when it comes down to the keeper they can get up the pitch and they can take advantage of the defence, but don’t worry about the other side.”
Carragher: This is Everton football!
Talk to Monday night footballJamie Carragher has praised Everton’s direct approach in their last two games – especially in their win over Chelsea
Carragher said: “What really jumped out at me was how direct Everton were in those two games. Just look at Jordan Pickford’s passing map. He had the ball 44 times and he went long each time.
“Now it’s a complete change for Frank Lampard in terms of philosophy and the way he approached things at Everton. Now the interesting thing for me is: is it going to continue?”
“What they’ve done – and I’ve said it many times doing this show for seven or eight years, Everton football. I’ve known that since I was a kid. But Goodison Park, going long, taking seconds balls and be aggressive.
“Not too worried about playing through the lines, they’re going to make it horrible and they’re going to make it difficult.”
He added: “It’s not crazy pressing. Most of the time it’s just mid-block there… and when they were in a position to press, they pressed! Richarlison did brilliantly and that was a great finish.”