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Carlo Ancelotti applauds Everton star who performed ‘really well’ in Chelsea defeat

Carlo Ancelotti praised Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his performance on Monday in the away defeat to Chelsea.

The Toffees were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge by Chelsea in the Premier League, as they suffered a small dent in their Champions League bid.

Ben Godfrey’s unfortunate own goal handed the hosts a lead on the half hour mark, before Jorginho sealed the win for them midway through the second half.

Everton now find themselves sixth in the league table, two points adrift of West Ham and four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Toffees manager Ancelotti did credit Pickford for his individual display despite watching his side lose yesterday.

The 27-year-old shot-stopper did concede the foul for the penalty that Jorginho dispatched, as he fouled Kai Havertz in the box with a mistimed challenge.

But he bailed his team out on a number of occasions in the game, including getting the better of opposition striker Timo Werner in a couple of golden one-on-one chances in the penalty area.

 “Jordan did really well, he made good saves, defensively we had more difficulties in the second half but Jordan was really good,” Ancelotti said, as quoted by Eveton’s official Youtube account.

“The penalty he could have done better but it doesn’t change a good performance from him.”

(Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

TBR’s View:

Pickford will look back at the Chelsea loss with disappointment when it comes to the penalty incident, but apart from that he should take real encouragement.

The England number one has looked back to his very best in recent weeks, keeping three consecutive clean sheets going into Monday’s fixture.

His clean sheet streak is now over, but he made several real eye-catching reflexes saves against Chelsea.

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