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Everton’s top players not in best condition in West Ham defeat, says Carlo Ancelotti

By Reuters 6m in the past

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EVERTON – Everton’s first-team players lacked match health in Friday’s 1-0 residence defeat by West Ham United however supervisor Carlo Ancelotti hopes they will hit peak condition forward of their Premier League conflict in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 11 days’ time.

Brazilian ahead Richarlison was match once more following a concussion he sustained in the League Cup however lacked sharpness in entrance of the aim, as did Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton’s top-scorer this season.

James Rodriguez, who missed the final 5 video games attributable to a calf downside, was not match sufficient for a beginning spot however got here on as an alternative as Everton chased their fifth straight league victory following wins in opposition to Chelsea, Leicester City, Arsenal and Sheffield United.

But a late strike from West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek denied Ancelotti’s facet some extent and left them in fourth spot on 29 factors from 16 video games, 4 factors behind leaders Liverpool.

“The momentum was good, we had difficult games and a good run but it stopped today,” Ancelotti instructed reporters. “It will be important to keep our belief and confidence high.

“We have the chance in the following few days to have players in higher condition, players who have been not capable of prepare in the previous weeks, and look ahead with perception.

“We have players with quality who are not in their best condition, like James and Richarlison, who was coming back from a concussion. Dominic also had a problem during the game and was not 100 percent.”

Everton face Championship (second-tier) facet Rotherham in the FA Cup on Jan. 9. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)



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