Tarkowski: We're All Together

James Tarkowski has asserted that Everton won't be distracted by external noise and has vowed that the squad will keep fighting in the face of adversity to "give their all" for the Club. 

The Blues suffered a disappointing setback on Sunday evening as they fell to a 3-0 Premier League defeat against Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Sean Dyche's side got off to an unfortunate start as United's Alejandro Garnacho produced a remarkable overhead kick to put the away side 1-0 up inside three minutes. 

Everton rallied well and were left frustrated to not be at least level by half-time as they failed to convert an abundance of presentable opportunities. The Toffees were made to pay in the second half after Marcus Rashford converted a controversial penalty before Anthony Martial wrapped up the points late in the game. 

Speaking post-match, captain for the contest Tarkowski admitted it was a bitterly disappointing result but believes there were many positives to take from the match.

"Performance levels, intensity and mentality were all there," said the defender. "There were plenty of pleasing aspects. Obviously, we want results, they are the most important thing but there are positives to take. 

"There has been a lot going on, that we know. But our job as players and the coaching staff is to prepare to go out on that pitch, perform well and pick up points. 

"Everything else that is going to happen around us, we can't affect it, we just focus on what we can do. We had a good week of training, and we performed well, we didn't get the result but we will do the same this week and the week after that. 

"We know our fans are with us, and everyone in that dressing room is with us so that's what we will do. The signs were there [against United] about how we will prepare and give our all for this Club, we will continue to do that."

Sunday was just the second time in 10 outings that the Blues had been shut out by their opponents in front of goal. They did, however, still create 24 shots to United's nine and accumulated a high xG of 2.47. 

For Tarkwoski, that was evidence that there wasn't a lot wrong with Everton's performance and, with a bit more luck, the result could have been much different on another day. 

"I think there are positives to take," he explained. "Especially the first half, I thought we played really well. They scored one of the best goals I've ever seen, especially when I have been on the pitch. 

"We dominated, pressed really well, made a team who want to play football kick it long. We were taking it off them and then going and attacking again. We had four or five great chances but just didn't put it in the back of the net. 

"Second half, the penalty kills the game. I haven't seen it back but it felt soft at the time.

"We have been very clinical over the past few weeks, scoring a lot of goals. It was just one of those days. We will get back in the training ground and be ready to go again."