Watson: Room For Improvement

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Steve Watson believes there's still plenty of time to put things right after Wednesday night's disappointing 0-1 defeat to Dundee United.

The 29-year-old midfielder replaced Niclas Alexandersson as a 57th minute substitute, by which time the Blues were already trailing to a Collin Samuel strike.

Despite enjoying plenty of possession, Everton failed to pose a real threat to the Terrors' goal, and Watson admits that it's a cause for concern.

"It's still only pre-season but performances are still very important," he told evertonfc.com.

"Dundee United looked sharp - in fact they probably looked every bit as sharp as Rangers did on Saturday, so we should give them a bit of credit but we are disappointed.

"We kept the ball quite well without actually getting anywhere or creating any chances.

"Ossie was unlucky when he hit the post, but there's a lot for us to improve on."

It was David Moyes' second pre-season disappointment in eight days, following the 0-2 reversal at Crewe.

The Blues Boss has voiced his displeasure after both defeats, but Watson insists that all of the squad will be working hard to improve before the new campaign begins.

"I've lost pre-season games before and although it's disappointing to lose any game at any level, but we've got to realise that there's still a few matches to go before the start of the season and there's still a lot of time to put things right," he continued.

There were few positives to take from the showing at Tannadice Park, but Watson was fairly satisfied with his brief cameo role.

Watson almost levelled matters with a stunning 20-yard piledriver, but was denied by the superb reflexes of United 'keeper Paul Gallagher.

"He made a good save," he smiled. "I managed to control the ball with my chest and I got a good strike but he stopped it well.

"From my own point of view, I got half an hour or so and I managed to get a few efforts on goal which is pleasing because I've missed a couple of days training this week."

"I still feel there's a lot more to come from me and there's a lot more goals to come," he added.

"In every game I play in now, I'm trying to get forward a lot more and get more chances which to a certain extent I did tonight and hopefully I'll get the opportunity to do so on Saturday."

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