Dominic Calvert-Lewin rued the timing of Manchester City's goals in Everton’s defeat at the Etihad Stadium – but believes the Blues can take heart from their positive play against the reigning Premier League champions.
After Gabriel Jesus double had Pep Guardiola’s team on course to maintain their 100-per-cent home record this season, Calvert-Lewin got Everton back into the contest on 65 minutes when he glanced home a header from Lucas Digne’s teasing left-wing cross.
It offered Marco Silva’s men a route back into the game as the visitors were given renewed confidence. But just four minutes after the England Under-21 international’s effort, Raheem Sterling headed in Fernandinho’s centre to seal a 3-1 win for City.
Having put in a display packed with graft and maturity, Calvert-Lewin was left frustrated by the result, especially after Everton had further chances to find the back of the net through Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Calvert-Lewin again when his flick from Walcott’s pass was saved by Ederson.
“It’s a frustrating result,” said the 21-year-old. “We know they’re a top team but we came here to try to get a result and to try to win the game.
“It’s disappointing when they go 1-0 up and then you think we have chances to level it and, if we take them, the game can go a different way. But they’re clinical in front of goal and were perhaps more clinical than us today.
“I think the timing of the goals are vital. We knew coming in at half-time we needed to score the next goal, really. They’re at home so they were enjoying their football, as they do. They kind of killed it a bit [by scoring the second]. We got ourselves back in the game but unfortunately they’ve then settled it."
The Blues now move on to next weekend’s return to Goodison when they host Spurs, with Calvert-Lewin keen for Silva’s side to take lessons from how both City and Everton performed.
“I think tactically they’re very clever,” he added. “We had our own game plan of how we wanted to play out from the back but they played quite a high press man to man and obviously when they’re going to do that you’ve got to be precise with your passes. Unfortunately [we weren’t], they’ve countered on that and got their [first] goal.
“I got a little glance for my goal so I’ve got to claim it but obviously it’s the result that matters so it’s disappointing for us today."