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Sam Allardyce: 'Everton unlucky not to beat Liverpool'

Allardyce: 'Everton unlucky in derby'
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Sam Allardyce believes that Everton were unlucky not to break the deadlock against Liverpool in Saturday's Premier League Merseyside derby stalemate.

Sam Allardyce has claimed that Everton were unlucky not to break the deadlock against Liverpool in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

The Premier League clash at Goodison Park finished goalless, but the Toffees spurned four gilt-edged opportunities in the latter stages of the game.

Cenk Tosun failed to finish Leighton Baines's pullback, then Theo Walcott slipped when free in the box as he tried to connect with the Turkey international's delivery.

Tosun then headed Walcott's cross across the face of goal but Seamus Coleman could not turn the ball home, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin side-footed over from close range.

"I think that in the end when you finish the game as strongly as that and put Liverpool under pressure, you can say we're unlucky, particularly the Cenk Tosun header and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's chance," Allardyce told Sky Sports News.

"The basis of our performance was nullifying Liverpool's attack to create chances but when you miss those chances, it really is disappointing because if they had gone the other way, we could've been looking at a different game.

"I think we got apprehensive about chasing the ball too much and then giving it away too easy. In the second half, we played much better, we took it to Liverpool and ran at them to create chance after chance."

Everton remain ninth in the table, three points clear of 10th-placed Bournemouth, following the stalemate.


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Cenk Tosun in action during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton on January 13, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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