Holgate On Point Everton Must Prove

Mason Holgate insists Everton will fight to translate their quality into positive results after making life too easy for Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Centre-back Holgate confessed his personal satisfaction over returning to the team following a toe problem was completely overshadowed by losing to United.

Everton led through Bernard’s low strike but in a decisive period between minutes 25 and 32, Bruno Fernandes scored twice to give United an advantage they wouldn’t surrender.

Holgate, who figured for the first time this term after being hurt in pre-season, underlined the imperative of Everton returning from November’s international break with their belief and composure intact.

The defeat by United was Everton’s third on the spin after Carlo Ancelotti’s side began the season by claiming 13 points from five matches.

“It was good to start the season like that but ultimately it wasn’t going to stay the same through the entire season,” Holgate told evertontv.

“It was important to not get carried away and think we were the best team ever.

“Equally, we will have parts [of the season] like this and it is really important to not get carried away the other way.


“We have to stay level-headed and know how good we are as a squad and go out and prove it.

“It is all right everybody knowing it but you have to get three points.

“We all have to play our parts.

“People like me and Seamus Coleman have been here a long time, so it is down to us to show what this club is about and show that fight.

“But we all have our own parts to play, just the odd person talking isn’t going to do it

“We need to step up as a team.

“It is three games, they are gone now, there is nothing we can do about them.

“We have to put it right going forward.”

Holgate began a Premier League game for the 58th time against United – nearly four months after his previous start in July,

He quickly gained the confidence of Ancelotti following the manager’s appointment back in December and had started 23 of 24 league games before a disrupted end to last season.

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02:28

ANCELOTTI PINPOINTS KEY IMPROVEMENT EVERTON MUST MAKE

Manager reacts to 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United.


The 24-year-old was forced off in a match at Tottenham Hotspur and besides a quickly curtailed appearance against Aston Villa didn’t feature in Everton’s closing five games.

Holgate recovered for pre-season but misfortune struck when he was hurt in his team’s final friendly fixture eight days before the new campaign.

He is optimistic those injury issues are consigned to history but admits his comeback was nothing like the one he'd envisaged, United wrapping up their victory when striker Edinson Cavani swept home in stoppage-time.

Everton play Fulham at Craven Cottage in their next Premier League game on Saturday week.

“It is nice to be back, it has been a difficult period and I’ve missed a lot of time playing but to come back and lose – and not make the impact I wanted – it hurts even more,” said Holgate.

“The first half was not good enough. We know that as a team.

“We got the goal in front but was our play good? I don’t think so.

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HOLGATE JOINS SCHOOL SCIENCE SESSION TO LAUNCH LSTM LINK-UP

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“We made a go of it in the second half but when the first 45 minutes passes you by it leaves you a mountain to climb.

“We showed good spirit coming back but we have to be on it for 90 minutes.

“When you go ahead it has to be difficult for your opponents.

“The phase between their first goal and half-time wasn’t difficult for them.

“They were creating chances and on top… that is not good enough.

"But we are all aware of it and know we have to improve."