Everton boss, Frank Lampard, has excused his players for the defeat at Arsenal.
Lampard felt his players were spent after the emotions from last week’s victory over Crystal Palace – which saw them stay up.
Despite the obvious disappointment, Lampard insists he could not be overly critical oProbably the recovery from Thursday – it was difficult for us,” said Lampard, when asked about the reasons for the loss.
“It was a big night, the players were tired because everybody at the Club gave it everything [on Thursday]. We had a bit of a body count [beforehand]. We were suffering – players playing with knocks and tiredness levels from the past month, where the Club has given everything.
“We were in the game in the first half – we had some chances – and, at half-time, I fancied us to maybe create a bit more in the second half.
“They should have had belief [going into the second half]. We weren’t playing so well, we should play here more – we had a bit of freedom. We didn’t do that much. I thought we could be much braver on the ball and play a little bit better.
“The third goal, which is disappointing for us… We conceded three goals from set-pieces and when you do that you know your backs are going to be against the wall pretty much to get results.
“But we found it a struggle for various reasons and I can’t complain too much because the players have given so much.
“It was just that one game a bit far, we knew we were safe and that probably reflects in the result.”