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Ancelotti says Everton upswing started before his arrival

Carlo Ancelotti praises Everton

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti (left) and assistant Duncan Ferguson prior to the Premier League match at St James’ Park, Newcastle. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Carlo Ancelotti’s perfect start as Everton boss continued with a 2-1 defeat of Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

He got a bit of everything in win no. 2. Everton held firm against a first half Newcastle charge and then didn’t wilt after the Magpies equalized in the second half.

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“We are judged for the result,” Ancelotti. “I thought we did good for the first 20 minutes. We need to have more control in the second part of the first half but we came back in the second half. I think at the end we deserved to win.”

Ancelotti deflected any praise from himself, saying the atmosphere around Finch Farm and Goodison Park was excellent when he arrived in town.

“I saw a team with a fantastic spirit. I saw that before I arrived, the job Duncan Ferguson did was fantastic. After that we just tried to play football because we are paid to play football. We don’t have to look at the table too much, we have to look to the next game.”

Credit to Ancelotti for not sucking up the oxygen in the room and preening after a 2-for-2 start in charge of the Toffees.

Everton hosts Man City on New Year’s Day before an FA Cup trip to Anfield for a Merseyside Derby.