Everton fan favourite Tim Cahill laid into his former side while speaking on Sky Sports after the Blues succumbed to defeat at AFC Bournemouth during an error-strewn performance on the south coast.
Marco Silva had the chance to guide Everton to third in the Premier League standings had the Portuguese head coach orchestrated a successful trip to the Vitality Stadium, but instead dropped to 11th and his side now hold a negative goal difference.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, climbed above Everton thanks to their superior goals tally, and Cahill has slammed his former side for the errors which allowed the Cherries to secure a 3-1 victory.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game (via Liverpool Echo), Cahill said: “Just when things look like they’re going well, a good result against Wolves, international break, get some time with the lads, going to Bournemouth, a winnable game.
“The mistakes you expect to be dealt with. You look at the set play, the overloads, the run they had at the near post and then not reacting to the second or third ball.
“You look at the second goal, okay, it’s a mistake, he [Fabian Delph] should’ve led with his right foot. The final goal, the centre-backs are lost in no man’s land and it’s not right.”
Everton certainly left a lot to be desired defensively on Sunday, as they were picked apart from set-pieces before a simple ball over the top was not dealt with by Michael Keane, which allowed Callum Wilson to break free and secure his second of the afternoon.
Set-pieces had been a huge problem for the Blues during their maiden season working under Silva, as well, and one that meant they ended the 2018/19 Premier League campaign as the top-flight side to have conceded the most goals from dead-balls – excluding penalties.
The Toffees’ 16 (WhoScored) only narrowly edged the relegated duo of Cardiff city (15) and Huddersfield Town (14), while third-place Chelsea (15) also enjoyed their fair share of set-piece woes. However, the Stamford Bridge side have appeared to learn from their errors, as they have conceded once from a set-piece since the appointment of Frank Lampard in the summer.
Everton, meanwhile, again top the table with three, the same number as reigning title-holders Manchester City, who have conceded half of their goals so far this term from dead-ball situations.
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