Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder charged his experienced players of not doing their best after another loss on Boxing Day.
saw his team lost 1-0 at Bramall Lane, which left the Blades with the saddening results of only two points from their first 15 Premier League matches.
were a revelation last season as they stood ninth on their return to the top flight but Wilder is defeated to explain why the same players are not giving enough this time.
“It was a tight game but I’m disappointed with our quality again. It’s like a broken record and I’m saying the same things over and over,”
“For me, my experienced players and main men are not playing anywhere near what they are capable of and how they have played for me in the past. I know they can do it as they have shown it and it’s the reason why a lot of them have signed new contracts.
“I know we have it in us but nobody can give them a magic pill, they have to find it in themselves.
“We are a team who can move it around and play but we can never build any momentum and pressure on the opposition because we make too many poor decisions and it’s all stop-start.
“I’ll go away again and scratch my head and try to pick a team for Burnley.”
Everton moved up two places to second in the Premier League and finished in the top four at Christmas for the first time in 16 years.
Based on the result, the Toffees have 29 points from 15 games.
“I am really pleased,”
said Everton boss, Carlo Ancelotti.
“It is a victory for the spirit of the team, rather than the quality. The defence of the team was solid and we didn’t give opportunities to Sheffield. We scored a fantastic goal with a good combination.
“We knew we had to be patient and not give them opportunities to be in the game, so this was the plan. We knew we wouldn’t have many opportunities to score.
“The fact all these players are out and we win means the squad is good, the ambition is good and we are motivated. The three subs – Bernard, Andre Gomes and Seamus Coleman – helped a lot the team to win this game also.
“We are pleased we win a lot of games and we have won away five times this season and this is really good, but we have another game in two days time and we must try our best to prepare for this game. It is nearly impossible, but we try.”