Jagielka Targets Instant Response Against United

Phil Jagielka says Everton must aim to deliver an instant response against Manchester United at Goodison Park next Sunday after slipping to 2-0 defeat at Fulham.

The Toffees came into the game on a three-match winning streak but saw their run halted as second-half strikes from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel settled the clash at Craven Cottage.

Marco Silva’s men remain ninth in the Premier League table, one point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City in the two positions directly above them.

The Blues rallied following Cairney’s 46th-minute opener, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin coming within the width of the post of an equaliser.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pinpoint reverse pass put the England Under-21 international through on goal. The striker’s delicate effort had Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico beaten all ends up but shaved the outside of the post as the home side survived.

The Cottagers then doubled their lead 20 minutes from time as Babel sprinted clear before dinking the ball over Jordan Pickford.

Everton skipper Jagielka admitted the Blues did not hit the levels they are capable of in south west London.

He says Everton will strive to produce a performance against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United next weekend in keeping with their recent rousing displays at the Grand Old Lady.

The Toffees have kept clean sheets against top-six opposition in each of their past three matches at Goodison, following up a goalless draw with city rivals Liverpool with impressive victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.

“It’s a massive match for us coming up,” said Jagielka. 

“We’ll dust ourselves down and look forward to the United game and hopefully put in a similar performance to our recent ones at home.

"Against Fulham, we didn’t have a great start to the game, and we didn’t get back [to our levels]. 

"They came out of the blocks fast, like we were expecting.

“They were at home and, with the relegation, I think it freed them up a little bit. We just didn’t get any momentum in the game.”

“We’ll dust ourselves down and look forward to the United game and hopefully put in a similar performance to our recent ones at home. “Against Fulham, we didn’t have a great start to the game, and we didn’t get back [to our levels].
He says the Blues will strive to produce a performance against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United next weekend in keeping with their recent rousing displays at the Grand Old Lady. The Toffees have kept clean sheets against top-six opposition in each of their past three matches at Goodison, following up a goalless draw with city rivals Liverpool with impressive victories over Chelsea and Arsenal. “It’s a massive match for us coming up,” Jagielka said.
“We’ll dust ourselves down and look forward to the United game and hopefully put in a similar performance to our recent ones at home. “Against Fulham, we didn’t have a great start to the game, and we didn’t get back [to our levels]

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