It’s fair to say that Jordan Pickford did not have the best of afternoons when Everton travelled to face Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier this month.
The former Sunderland stopper, who Spotrac claim earns £100,000 a week at Goodison Park, gave away a first-half penalty after losing his head and fouling Salomon Rondon.
Somehow he escaped a red card and saved Matt Ritchie’s spot kick but that only delayed Newcastle’s comeback as Everton threw away a two-goal lead in the second half to lose 3-2.
Pickford has now admitted to the Newcastle Chronicle that the reception from the St James’ Park faithful ‘got to him’ and that he won’t be suckered into all that next time.
But the Newcastle fans are buzzing; they feel they got inside a former Sunderland player’s head, helping their side back into the game and winding him up in the process.
There was plenty of gleeful reaction to Pickford’s comments and we’ve put together the best of it as the stopper gears up to take his place between the sticks for England against the Czech Republic tonight…
I would say it's nice to see him hold his hands up, unfortunately his arms aren't long enough to make them appear in this photo
— tech of the mug (@antallen1) March 22, 2019
— Hardik Dave (@thefundamental7) March 22, 2019
It doesn’t wind me up at all. I find it amusing sometimes. Nothing really affects me.”
He then admitted: “I can’t overthink me, lad.”
Lol! So then why did he let the Newcastle fans get to him. Proper character this guy!
— Rooshabh Doshi (@doshmeisterr) March 22, 2019
Was wound up like a spring…..delightful pic.twitter.com/JRhAh3px0O
— Janet (@janshoes) March 22, 2019
Only 25!🤣 grow up (And his arms)
— Duncan Mason (@Duncan_Mason) March 22, 2019
Plenty 🍋🍋🍋 to be seen here
— Noodles 🚴⭐️🚴🏼♀️ (@NeilMoore4) March 22, 2019
He reminds me of that Sheff Utd keeper Paddy Kenny
— David Punton (@DavePunton) March 22, 2019
As much, he will 🤣 he can't help but take the rise.🎣🎣🎣@JPickford1
— Paul Palpatine (@Magman55) March 22, 2019
Admits he was affected by the crowd – admits that he searches for abuse and calls it trolling and then states he doesnt overthink things… hahaha rattled.
— Dan (@dan_hazza) March 22, 2019
Poor lad can dish it out but can’t take it….
— Jared Robinson (@jm55donny) March 22, 2019