Echo Jury: Another Everton defeat, but positives from display

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OUR best performance of the season so far still wasn’t enough to end our wretched record against Everton, writes Ryan Doneathy.

I thought we showed signs of improvement, especially the creative trio of McClean, Sessegnon and Johnson, with the latter doing well to score his first goal for the club.

Unfortunately, a lapse in concentration for two minutes in addition to an inspired Marouane Fellaini playing a part in both goals, cost us getting something from the game.

We deserved at least a point in my mind, and we could have bettered that had we made the most of a flurry of chances in the first half. Sessegnon, Fletcher and Colback were all guilty of missing good chances in the first half.

Cuellar could also count himself unlucky not to even the score as we searched for an equaliser late on.

Despite the defeat, it was an encouraging performance, especially with captain Lee Cattermole absent. If we can kick on from this, get a point at Craven Cottage this weekend and then from there we have a run of reasonable home fixtures to make the most of. It’s time to turn our season round.

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.