Coach David Unsworth said Everton Under-21s were punished for uncharacteristic defensive lapses in Monday’s 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur
The Young Blues conceded all of the game’s goals in the first half as the home side effectively wrapped up the points by the interval.
Unsworth agreed that his team improved after the break but ultimately he was left feeling disappointed as a chance to move joint-top of the league standings wasn’t capitalised upon.
“It was over at half-time after a disappointing first-half performance,” he explained post-match. “We have gifted them four goals from individual errors and have been punished – they only really had four shots on target in the first half and they scored with all of them.
“As much as we changed things and tried to get back in the game, at 4-0 down it’s a long way back.
“I felt there was a response in the second half but the game was already done - we shouldn’t have had to go looking for a response if we had done our jobs properly.
“It’s a difficult one to take because on the whole through the season the lads have been fantastic, but we have to take our medicine today.”
The Under-21s must now rally themselves for Thursday’s Premier League International Cup group match against Sunderland where a victory is imperative if progression through to the knockout round is to be secured.
Unsworth added: “We will go through today’s game and pick the bones out of it. Hopefully our young players can learn from it.”