Date: 5th February 2018 at 10:35am
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Everton manager Sam Allardyce clearly wasn’t in the mood to hide his emotions following defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

Heading to the Emirates Stadium and looking to build on the midweek victory over Leicester City, Arsenal were three up inside of the opening 20 minutes and went on to secure a five one victory on the day with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s effort being nothing less than a consolation effort.

Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, Allardyce’s response to falling four nil behind by the half time break was evidently clear as he admitted he could’ve substituted pretty much everyone at the break and not simply changed back to a back four from a three man defence given the disorganised nature of the display.

‘I have a lot of trouble with the players taking on to the pitch what we asked them to do. I’m not frustrated. I’m angry – very angry – at the players performing to that level. It’s unacceptable. The players are showing so much inconsistency that I face an uphill battle trying to get them to play at their best week in, week out. It was a pathetic first-half performance.’

Having won three of his opening four after replacing Ronald Koeman at the helm and with a noticeable defensive improvement, Allardyce knew the game has been a ‘disaster’ and it was probably the best way to describe it.

His main gripe though was with the lack of discipline, explaining that we were looking to mimic Swansea City’s performance where they took victory over Arsene Wenger’s side, but the players clearly hadn’t listened to his instructions.

‘You set out to block the areas Arsenal like to play in. We had the same game plan that Swansea had on Tuesday. We studied how Swansea played, how defensively sound they were and how they limited Arsenal to very few chances.’

He ended by saying.

‘Swansea only had 30% possession but created chances, but I may as well have been talking in a foreign language. We didn’t implement my plans either defensively or offensively and the game was dead and buried. It doesn’t matter what system I pick – it’s about players playing to their best. You can show them but it’s up to the players.’

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