Post by Everton News. on May 14, 2018 11:53:34 GMT
Captain Phil Jagielka conceded Everton’s performance in their 3-1 loss at West Ham was not good enough – but says the Blues can draw on the “positive” of turning around their season to finish eighth in the Premier League.
Oumar Niasse’s 74th-minute goal brought the Blues back into the contest after strikes from Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic had put the Hammers in control, only for Lanzini to wrap up the points for the hosts eight minutes from time.
Despite the defeat, the Toffees end the campaign eighth in the table, having been one point off the relegation zone in November, and came into the season finale in East London having collected 15 points from their previous eight matches.
Jagielka rued Everton’s performance at the London Stadium, particularly West Ham’s third goal after the visitors had given themselves the chance of a fightback with Niasse’s neat turn and finish.
The Blues were also denied by Hammers keeper Adrian, who saved goalbound efforts from Niasse and substitutes Theo Walcott and Davy Klaassen.
“It was not a very good performance from start to finish,” said centre-back Jagielka. “We still created a few chances, their keeper’s pulled off some good saves but the rest of the play for the majority of the game just wasn’t good enough.
“It’s not easy to put your finger on it. We’ll have to look again (at the goals) but it was frustrating to get back to 2-1 and we tried to put them under pressure but then we conceded another so it’s very disappointing. It was a bad performance all round, really.
“(Finishing eighth) is a positive. At one point it was looking a bit hairy but we managed to turn it around. Eighth from where we were is not the worst position to finish in."