Jordan Pickford speaks out on his ‘disgusting’ error after Everton beat Palace


Jordan Pickford has described his error in Everton’s win over Crystal Palace as ‘disgusting’ but was pleased with how he responded after his mistake.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side took the lead in the first half as Bernard met Theo Walcott’s excellent cross to open the scoring.

But Palace equalised in the 51st minute as Pickford allowed Christian Benteke’s low effort to squirm underneath him.

Pickford then made an excellent save to deny Benteke before Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck to seal a 3-1 victory for Everton.

When asked about his error, Pickford told BT Sport: ‘Yeah, disgusting.

‘It was unfortunate the first goal, disappointed with myself, I think my studs got caught.

‘I hold my hands up.

‘It shows my character and mentality, I reset, I didn’t let it affect me.’

Meanwhile, Ancelotti says Everton’s aim is to secure a Europa League place as their win over Palace puts them above Wolves and Manchester United into seventh.

‘It was an important result. We climbed the table and that’s the most important thing,’ the Italian told BBC Sport.

‘Richarlison’s goal was an outstanding counter attack. He’s a fantastic player and really important for us and this was an outstanding goal.

‘When the strikers score goals it is important. They need to have the support of the other players and some parts we did well but some parts we can do better.

‘In the 30 days since I arrived here I have to be happy. The players and staff did a fantastic job but the Europa League has to be the target.

‘When I arrived the spirit was good and after that we have quality in the squad. At this moment everything is OK but this is football and sometimes it is unpredictable.’

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