Everton 0-1 Sheffield: Toffees’ European hopes dashed as poor home record continues

Everton 0-1 Sheffield United: Toffees' European hopes dashed as poor home record continues, Ancelotti embarrassed by team performance.

James Rodriguez-Everton vs Sheffield United
James Rodriguez-Everton vs Sheffield United | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Everton were beaten 1-0 at home by Sheffield United in the Premier League earlier tonight.

Daniel Jebbison scored the only goal of the game on the 7th minute, and the Toffees failed to get back on level terms after that.

The defeat tonight leaves Everton 8th in the Premier League table, and Europa League qualification seems quite unlikely for Carlo Ancelotti’s men now.

The abysmal home performance ends the European dream

Everton are 15th in the Premier League table when it comes to the points picked up at home this season. The Toffees have picked up just 19 points in 18 home games, and they are winless in their last five matches at Goodison Park.

They will have to improve their home form if they want to secure European football next season.

Ancelotti’s men have been outstanding away from home, and only Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City have picked up more points than them on their travels.

Only Fulham (4) have earned fewer home points than Everton (6) in the Premier League in 2021, with the Toffees’ one win the joint-fewest on home soil in the competition this calendar year (level with Burnley and Fulham). Concerning.
Everton have lost nine Premier League matches at Goodison Park this season; the joint-most they have ever lost at home in a league campaign, alongside 1912-13, 1947-48, 1950-51 and 1993-94. Strangers.

Ancelotti embarrassed after Sheffield loss

Everton had European aspirations, and three points could put them in sixth position along with Tottenham and West Ham. After the today’s loss to already relegated Sheffield United, Carlos Ancelotti minced no words while speaking to press.

With this defeat, we’ve lost the opportunity to fight with more possibility of being in Europe next season.

We lost a great opportunity; our chances are less now than before. We have two games left to play; we need to see which position we are in at the end.

It’s really difficult to explain what is going on here at home; we’ve lost a lot of games, all the same kind of games.

I have to take the responsibility of this, I hope the players also take the responsibility. I am really embarrassed.

Carlos Ancelotti

Lack of attacking depth

Everton are overly reliant on Dominic Calvert-Lewin for goals and the likes of James Rodriguez and Richarlison for creativity.

Ancelotti must look to add more depth to his attack, and bringing in another quality striker and a winger should be a top priority for the Toffees.

Professional display from Sheffield United

The Blades have already been relegated to the Championship, and they have nothing to play for. However, they managed to put together a professional performance, and they were rewarded with a win at Goodison Park.

There is no doubt that Sheffield United have a lot of talent at the disposal, and it remains to be seen whether they can come back up to the Premier League at the end of the next season.