Everton crashed at the hands of Atalanta following the 5-1 defeat in the Europa League at the Goodison Park.
Club caretaker manager David Unsworth criticised the displeasing performance and called out to players to step up their game and shoulder some responsibility.
Having been eliminated from the competition, Unsworth said, “The players who have been asking me for opportunities to play in the first team were given that tonight.”
“I asked the players to make it difficult for me to leave them out of the team on Sunday and the majority have probably made it very easy for me.
“I know there wasn’t anything riding on the game, but we had paying Evertonians tonight and I stressed we had to compete — the manner we capitulated just isn’t acceptable and the players know that.
“What you can’t do at this level is carry players. When you’re best player is an 18-year-old kid [Beni Baningime] who’s only had a couple of first-team appearances, that tells you all you need to know.
“Players need to take responsibility — senior players, foreign players, young players.”
Meanwhile, Unsworth Everton is expected to take on Southampton for a domestic duel at the St. Mary’s Stadium on weekend.
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