Everton – The post match reaction in full

Last updated : 07 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Sir Bobby

"I can't crib about the effort of my players because they gave their all, and we gave the public value for money.

"The crowd were magnificent again and I've told the players that they should appreciate just how lucky they are to play for a public like this.

"As for the game, we were twice in excellent positions to win the match but we threw them away. We couldn't hang on in normal time, and we couldn't hang on in extra time either.

"Unfortunately for us we've made mistakes and been punished. We've learned a lesson.

"Once we've gone into penalties I've got no complaints, because you either put them away or you don't.

"We practised them on Tuesday, but it's just a shame they didn't fly in tonight like they did in that training session.

"I'm sorry to go out of the competition because we don't like losing matches. A lot of big clubs have gone out tonight, but that's football. Good luck to Everton, they kept plugging away after twice falling behind and they never gave up."

Alan Irvine (Everton assistant manager)

"Even before last night, you're looking and saying a few clubs have gone out and a few clubs are making noises saying they are going to concentrate on other games, and you start thinking there's an opportunity to win the competition.

"This was obviously a very, very hard draw whatever was going to happen in terms of selection of the two teams."

Steve Harper

"In those situations you know that as a goalkeeper you are either the hero or the villain.

"Richard Wright said to me as we were walking down to the goal that one of us was going to be the hero and I told him I just hoped it was me. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

"When I saved the first one I thought we might have had a chance, but it didn’t work out. I just wish I could have swapped the penalty save in the shoot-out for the one in extra-time.

"We had been warned that Everton piled bodies into the box for set-pieces, and that’s what happened for the first goal. Campbell was left unmarked, and you can’t give players like that space because they will punish you.

"The gaffer had strong words at half time and to be fair to the lads we looked a lot better after the break, We got in a great position to get back on top at 2-1, but we’ve conceded another daft goal five or six minutes from the end of normal time.

"Instead of seeing the game out at 2-1 they’ve scored a goal that was poor from our point of view, and it was ironic that it was Stevie Watson that scored it.

"But once Pistone had scored for us with the own goal we thought we’d done it, but then they’ve got back in it at the end with the penalty.

"I tried to take Campbell as wide as I could, but when he’s got the shot in Steve has handballed it. I’m not sure if it was going in or not, but it’s instinctive from Steve to handle it and then you can only hope for the best with the penalty and unfortunately it’s gone in."

Kieron Dyer

"I am absolutely gutted that we are not in the next round of the Worthington Cup.

"But the luck we had against Dynamo Kiev and Middlesbrough deserted us on the night.

"What is particularly disappointing is that Everton have gone home winners and it's not as though they ripped us apart.

"But we conceded three shocking goals and you just cannot do that in football matches. It cost us dearly in the end.

"Michael Chopra will have many more disappointments in his career, but the confidence he showed in volunteering to take one of our penalty kicks is one of the reasons why we will go to the top.

"I can remember when I was the same age as Michael Chopra and Ipswich played Chelsea in a Coca-Cola Cup quarter-final and the game went to a penalty shoot-out.

"The manager George Burley was looking for volunteers but when he looked at me I just turned away.

"But Michael Chopra didn't - unlike several other senior United players last night who did not fancy it."

Steve Caldwell

"It's disappointing, because over the last two games I've felt I've done well. I know I can get better as well, I've got a lot to offer and I just hope I get the chance to show that to the manager.

"The sending off was just instinctive really. Half of me was trying to pull the arm away and the other half was trying to keep the ball out of the net. There's nothing you can do in that sort of situation because it all happens in a split-second.

"My aim has been to get a run in the side, but I know I'll be banned in a fortnight now after that red card. Hopefully I can make the manager sit up and take notice if I stay in the team over the next couple of games, then still be in his thoughts when the suspension is completed."

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