Carlo Ancelotti described his players as “lazy” and “slow,” following their 2-0 defeat to struggling Newcastle United.
The result dealt a fresh blow to Everton’s hopes of securing European qualification, as they sit two points adrift of a Champions League place.
And Ancelotti was scathing in assessing how his team played against Steve Bruce’s side in their fourth home league defeat of the season.
“We were lazy. We were slow, and we were not focused. We gave away 12 corners to them, a lot of throw-ins. We didn’t win duels, second balls – this is the game.
“You can only show quality if you are there in this game because the game is about winning duels, second balls, avoiding corners, avoiding throw-ins.
“I am disappointed. I don’t want to forget what we did.
“We had a good run, and I hope it will only be a game like this,” Ancelotti said.