Date: 10th February 2020 at 6:00pm
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Loads of Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Jordan Pickford fired back at some of the criticism he has received for his recent performances.

Pickford was widely slammed over the weekend for his howler at home to Crystal Palace which allowed the Eagles to draw back level, before strikes from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin gifted Carlo Ancelotti his fifth win at the Goodison Park helm.

Christian Benteke struck his first goal of the season in all competitions to pull the game level after 51 minutes, when the Belgian’s tame right-footed strike found a way under Pickford as the England number one flopped to the ground.

Pickford had plenty of time to react to Benteke’s shot, and should have dealt with it, but has argued that he failed to prevent the ball from rippling the back of the net due to his foot being planted in the ground.

“I’ve watched the goal – I’m lucky I haven’t done my cruciate, to be honest,” Pickford said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “My foot [was] planted. It was a foot save and I have led with my hand.

“I couldn’t get my leg out. It was stuck. It happens. But I am mentally strong. I’m disappointed but it doesn’t affect us.

“People probably doubt us week in, week out but I know what I am capable of and I know what I can do. I will keep pushing. I have reached a certain level and I don’t want to stop.”

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Building on the criticism aspect sparked by his error, Pickford added that some pundits seemingly prefer to see blunders from English players in order to chastise their performances.

“I think the press and everybody; the punters – look at Gary Neville – they just want to come for England players,” said Pickford. “Everyone gets stick. Some get a lot more praise than others. That’s part of being an England player.

“Everyone hates you, for some reason. I just get on with it. You have got to live with it, you have got to learn. I know what I am capable of and I know what I am good at.”

Saturday’s victory over Palace was Pickford’s 26th appearance of the Premier League season, though the £100,000-per-week goalkeeper has not kept a clean sheet since recording his sixth of the campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion last month.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Pickford’s comments…

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