Chelsea’s Conte defiant over Batshuayi snub

“But I am very happy with the commitment of our players. It is a pity we dropped two points but we played very well.”

Everton have now won five and drawn two – against Liverpool and Chelsea – of the seven games since Allardyce agreed to take over as manager from Ronald Koeman.

And although defender Michael Keane missed a glorious chance to win the game in the 90th minute for his team, Allardyce was also aware that he owed a debt to his goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, whom he first came across when managing him at Sunderland.

“I knew he was a talented goalkeeper but his growth has been miraculously quick for a goalkeeper,” said Allardyce.

“He’s 23, going on 30. He looks at me sometimes like ‘Why are you talking to me like that? I’m a great goalkeeper!’ which I quite like.

“He seems to be able to get to the right spot, his starting positions are exceptional, and that’s why he is making the saves he is. 

“Hopefully he is going to get as far as he can by doing a great job for us.”

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