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Everton remain in sticky situation

PICTURED: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

THE PERSONAL in the dug out may have changed, but sadly for Everton, the result was familiar.

After the sacking of Ronald Koeman, caretaker manager David Unsworth was in charge for the first time. It was however another defeat in another competition, but at least Everton were sharper for the second half after a drab dour opening 45 minutes which saw Antonio Rudiger head the opener for the Blues just before half time.

It was Rudiger's first for a much changed Chelsea side, which also saw the debut of Danny Drinkwater. Kenedy, Charly Musonda Jr and Ethan Ampadu also started for Chelsea.

A touch of quality and quality passing between Willian and substitute Cesc Fabregas saw Chelsea double their lead late on. It was tough on the Toffees who before that goal, had created more in the second half, and for Willy Caballero who could have levelled at 1-1. Kevin Mirallas had a shot well saved and substitute Ademola Lookman hit the bar.

The visitors did get on the scoresheet when substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin poked home, but that was deep into stoppage time to make it 2-1 and Everton couldn't avoid exit from the Carabao Cup.

Unsworth has declared his desire to take the job on a permanent basis, but whether chairman Bill Kenright or owner Farhad Moshiri agree is another matter. What Everton desperately need right now however is for their players to play in the combative role which Unsworth was famed for during his 116 appearances and 11 goals for the Merseyside club.

Nicknamed 'Rhino' during his playing days, Unsworth cut a caring figure in the touchline, arm around his substitutes before they came on, and even when the physio was in deep conversation with him. We saw tough tackling Beni Baningime and former defender Unsworth will have been proud to see his competitive game.

Everton spent £150m on players over the summer, including midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for £45m, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for £30m, defender Michael Keane for £30m and midfielder Davy Klaassen for £24m.

Losing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £90 million and not being able to secure the services of sought after Olivier Giroud who decided to stay at Arsenal meant that Everton would have to rely of Calvery-Lewin and also the ageing Wayne Rooney.

Unsworth who also took over when Roberto Martinez was sacked in 2016, declared that he was "proud" of his team who came up short at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm scheduled to meet (Moshiri) on Friday afternoon with the chairman

"I speak to the chairman two, three, four times a day, so communication is brilliant. I've got a great relationship with the board. There's no points return or games total they've set. We'll just continue to work and plan game-to-game.

"We'll hopefully be as committed as that in every game that I'm in charge. We've got to go on a winning streak and very, very quickly."

Everton travel to Leicester in the Premier League game on Saturday in what they will feel will be a must win team.

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