Belfast Telegraph

Toffees are unstuck by lack of creativity, admits Keane

Watford 1-0 Everton

By Paul Burrows

Michael Keane recognises a "lack of creativity" caused Everton's 1-0 defeat at Watford on Saturday.

Even amid their hosts' limitations, the Toffees struggled to convince at Vicarage Road - where they rarely showed any desire to score, let alone threaten on goal.

Since his appointment, their manager Sam Allardyce has been consistently criticised for Everton's pragmatism.

He also blamed their defeat on an inability to take chances, but Keane said: "We lacked creativity. We got in good positions and could have caught them on the counter a few times. But it didn't quite happen for us".

Since his arrival to succeed the sacked Marco Silva, Watford's new head coach Javi Gracia has overseen an encouraging run of two victories, two defeats and a draw from his five fixtures in charge.

The win took them to the relative safety of 10th place, but the Spaniard said: "I am only focusing on the next match: that is the best mentality.

"Everybody speaks about how many points you need and I only say one thing: 'I don't know'. What I am sure of is that we need three points in the next game versus West Brom."

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