Thu 04 February 2021 | 10:33

Ancelotti praises his side’s ‘fighting spirit’

Everton were able to bounce back from a defeat against Newcastle with a resilient 2-1 victory at Leeds as first-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin handed the Toffees all the three points.

"After the defeat to Newcastle we needed this kind of performance,"


said after


secured a fourth consecutive away top-flight win for the first time since 1985.

"We played a good first half and in the second there were more problems to defend because was conceded early. But the reaction of the team, the concentration all game was very good.

"After the Newcastle game I said simply that we lost the fighting spirit at home, we thought our quality would win the game, but it wasn't enough. In this game the spirit we normally have was back."



"This is the result of this season, all the teams have more possibility to win away because there is no crowd.

"We've had a fantastic away run and, of course, we have to be more focused at home because we have lost too many games at home."

Calvert-Lewin ended a seven-game goal drought with his 16th goal of the campaign, and although his manager was pleased to see him scoring, he was more impressed with his contribution to the defense and Olsen’s performance.

"The work he did was more important, we needed this kind of work defensively from our strikers,"

the Italian said.

"They [the forwards] scored two fantastic goals and I am pleased with this, but I'm pleased more with the work they did defensively.

"Olsen made super saves; we knew that it would be difficult. We won the game because we defended well, and Olsen had a big part in this game."


impressed as he was filling for injured



. However,


hopeful of having his No.1 back in time for Saturday's trip to Manchester United.

"We have to look [at Pickford] over the next two days,"



boss added.

"I hope he can train and be ready for Saturday."

On the other end, Marcelo Bielsa felt his side created more than enough chances and did not deserve to lose the game.

"I think we did enough to draw the game and even then we could have won it,"

Bielsa said.

"That's to say we had enough chances in the first half and the second half to draw the game.

"We managed to avoid the third goal and we scored and got back into the game, and we had plenty of time to try and win it."

Elland Road playing surface was relaid after


home defeat to


18 days ago, resulting in occasional slipping of players from both sides.

"I only saw my team slipping, I didn't see the opponents slipping




"But we're very happy to count on a pitch that is much better than the last few games. It's impossible to say why we kept slipping."

source: SportMob

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