Holgate: We Showed Spirit

Mason Holgate says Everton showed great team spirit against Manchester United, but insists it was a case of two points dropped rather than a point gained after a 1-1 draw.

Phil Jagielka’s first goal of the season midway through the opening period put the Blues ahead at Old Trafford.

But, deep into second half stoppage time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic levelled proceedings from the penalty spot to deny Ronald Koeman’s side victory.

Despite the late blow, Holgate says the way in which the squad regrouped after the frustration of the Merseyside derby defeat last time out was promising.

“Of course, it’s disappointing at the end of the game,” he told evertontv. “We felt like we could have taken all three points and it definitely feels like a case of two points dropped.

“It’s always difficult coming away to Old Trafford, but we sat back a bit in the second half and let them bring the game to us. We’re a bit disappointed with that because, of course, we would have liked to keep the momentum going forward.

“With that said, I think we showed great team spirit to put in a performance like that after Saturday. We showed that throughout the second half to hold out until the penalty - and we’ve come away disappointed at the end.

“The games are coming thick and fast, so we’ll get ourselves back in training and ready to go again against Leicester on Sunday.”

Holgate started his second successive game for the Toffees in the absence of Seamus Coleman.

The 20-year-old defender started the game at right-back in a flat back four, before switching to wing-back midway through the second period with the introduction of Matthew Pennington.

“It is good for me,” added Holgate. “I felt like I could have done more [against Liverpool] on Saturday, so coming out today I was trying prove [myself] and stay in the team. But is more about the team - I thought we did well, we defended well but it is just a shame we couldn’t hold out until the very end.

“It takes a couple of games to get back into it and get used to the pace of it again. I feel comfortable and it’s something that I can do. I am ready for the challenge ahead and hopefully we can pick up as many points as possible in the final games of the season.”

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