Phil Jagielka vows: Everton FC will be back in Europa League

26 February 2010 07:00
Phil Jagielka

PHIL JAGIELKA today promised Everton will atone for another miserable night in Lisbon by qualifying for Europe again next season.

The Blues crashed out of the Europa League after a 4-2 aggregate defeat by Sporting last night.

Their second defeat in the Portuguese capital this season saw them denied a meeting with Atletico Madrid in the last 16 next month.

But a rare positive from the game saw Jagielka make his return from a 10-month injury lay off as a 52nd minute substitute for Philipe Senderos.

The England international, who came through his return unscathed, said: 'The lads have put in some good performances in the Europa League this season, and now we will be dying to make sure we're in it again next season. But we're sick of the sight of Lisbon now.

'Condeding that goal in the first leg gave them something to play for and sometimes you've got to take your hat off and say well played to the opposition.

'I think we knew what our job was but the first goal is always key and unfortunately they managed to get it and the fans got on their side. Luck wasn't with us.

'If we'd have come here 2-0 up it would've been a different game plan, but we were in a position of having to come and win the game or maybe go for a draw, and once they got the first goal they never looked back.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo