Blue Boys: Everton U-18s must stay calm under pressure says Kevin Sheedy
Staying calm under pressure must be the priority of Everton’s U18s if they are to stop conceding goals, insists Kevin Sheedy.
The young Blues maintained their unbeaten run at Blackburn on Saturday, but had to come from behind to win after conceding a poor first goal. Joe Williams levelled for Everton and a Chris Long brace gave them victory, but Sheedy is adamant his side must learn to deal with bombardment if they are to add a defensive steel to their attacking abilities. He said:
“I’d say we still haven’t conceded a good goal all season. We are the masters of our own undoing and whenever the opposition have scored we could have done better.
“It’s not just the back four either we need to be better as a team. It’s not a lack of concentration – more technical errors under pressure during games when lads have panicked or not been in the right positions.
“On Saturday we conceded first again from a soft goal. The ball came across from a free kick and as our defenders were ball watching their striker tapped it in.
“Even though we went on to dominate the play and pass it really well before Joe levelled we still should not have been chasing the game.” Liverpool-born Long’s second-half brace secured all three points, with Sheedy pleased at the development of the pacy striker.
“We’ve been working with Chris at finishing on his weaker left foot and he took both his goals on his left which was impressive.
“He must contain to work at it now and keep such positive progress going. All the lads need to keep striving for consistency.
“Were scoring and playing good football which is seeing us put together an impressive run. Now we must iron out the errors.”
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