Sam Allardyce says Everton gifted Bournemouth victory
Last Updated: 30/12/17 6:46pm
Everton manager Sam Allardyce said his side "gifted" Bournemouth victory after two mistakes led to both goals conceded in the 2-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium.
Allardyce admitted to being unimpressed by the overall performance of his team on the south coast, after suffering the first defeat of his reign as Toffees manager.
He said: "I feel disappointed because of the way we gave it away, really. We gave them the opportunity to score the winner even though it's got a bad deflection and gone into the net. We shouldn't have allowed them to get into that position in the first place.
"We had good possession in their half and just gifted it back to them. They punished us in the end.
"The first goal we gave away was a gift as well, so we've been not like that since I've got here. Those errors have been few and far between. Those errors were in plain sight for me today, and we have to talk about cutting them out as quickly as possible, certainly with a game coming up in 48 hours."
Despite the error-strewn display, Allardyce felt his side did enough to secure a third straight draw after an improvement following the interval, with Idrissa Gueye capitalising on a mistake by Steve Cook to equalise.
But having rode their luck in the stalemate with Chelsea and created very little in the goalless draw at West Brom, Allardyce will want a response from his players when Manchester United visit Goodison Park on New Year's Day, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
"We gave to many simple balls away for me," he added. "We haven't got a lot of time before there's another game. We have to overcome this one, put it behind us and produce a much better performance than this on Monday if we are to get a result against United.
"There will be some changes, and I'll look at the players today and see how well they recover. The players who came on played better than the players who went off and that created more forward opportunities for us.
"But I was disappointed with the amount of ball we gave away today and we didn't use it well enough. The players should've shown more of their passing ability than they did."