Date: 5th February 2018 at 10:25am
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Everton’s centre half Ashley Williams has said all the players were left ‘angry and hurt’ following the heavy defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

Heading to the Emirates Stadium for the game, we travelled in good spirits following victory over Leicester City in midweek and although we had chances in the match, it did quickly go wrong with the hosts building up a three nil advantage before we’d reached the 20th minute of the first half. Two more strikes before the end of the game and a Dominic Calvert-Lewin consolation left us with a five one defeat.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media, Williams promised a reaction at the next chance of asking.

‘Everyone is angry and disappointed with the performance and result. The manager was not happy – but none of us are. It hurts like any defeat but when you go down like that – 4-0 in the first half – it does really hurt. It is football, and whatever formation you play, or whichever personnel are in the team, you have to do your best. You have to compete and we did not compete in the first half. We have used different formations and won, so that is not an excuse.’

The Welsh international went on to explain that everyone had gone into the game looking to build on the Leicester win and make those matches a springboard in effect the remaining matches in the campaign, but sadly that clearly wasn’t to be by full time.

Ultimately though he knows we have to react and sitting in tenth place five points off Burnley but seven points clear of the bottom three, our focus has to be in continuing to look up the table.

‘We knew it would be a difficult game at the Emirates but we wanted to get a result…then we performed like that. It was disappointing, but you have to pick yourself up. We have work again in the morning and start working towards the next game. They are all big games, especially when you are playing a team below you at home on the back of what we have just produced today. We need to perform better [against Palace] and win that game.’

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