20 September 2020 00:43
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic admits they paid for the "many mistakes" in their 5-2 thrashing at Everton. The manager offered no excuses after the humbling. Bilic told BBC Sport: "We did so many mistakes we can't do at this level. "Why I'm frustrated is the way we were tactically in the first half, we were closing them down, passing the ball, the way we pressed them, it can't be 2-1 for them. To show that naivety to go down after we are 1-0 up and to get the red card is frustrating." On the Kieran Gibbs' red card, he continued: "He can't do that, he's old enough.
He's experienced. He played a great game until then. He reacted to something James did to him but he wasn't clever enough to go down when he clipped him. He reacted and gave the referee no choice. It was our mistake." On his own dismissal, Bilic said: "The analysis guys told me it was a foul for us before their first goal.
They should have seen that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is going for the ball and doesn't touch it. The reason Darnell Furlong is heading towards goal, it's a foul. "As a manager I should be in a situation to ask the referee what's going on. It's not like the game was going on, it was half-time - nobody was around. I didn't swear. I asked him in a frustrated way but I didn't go over the line. But he just ignored me and gave me red. As a manager you have that right if you are not crossing the line. "We showed some naivety. We had enough players to defend the set-plays. We saw everything in this game – a lot of quality, a lot of things to be proud of and build on. Just copy and paste in next game. But unfortunately there are enough things we can't do on this level. "We have only ourselves to blame. There shouldn't be lessons. We have set-plays in the Championship against some teams even more dangerous than this level. The amount of 6ft whatever guys. You can't switch off." © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo West Brom manager Slaven Bilic claimed his defender Kieran Gibbs should have been cleverer in avoiding a red card following a clash with James Rodriguez at Goodison. Gibbs was sent off shortly before half-time for retaliating after he had been pushed by Rodriguez — shoving the Colombian star in the face. Bilic was also sent to the stands for confronting referee Mike Dean as they walked off for the interval and Albion, trailing 2-1 at the time, eventually lost the match 5-2. © Provided by Daily Mail Kieran Gibbs was sent off for shoving James Rodriguez in the face in 5-2 loss against Everton © Provided by Daily Mail West Brom manager Slaven Bilic (R) called on his player to be 'cleverer' after retaliating 'Kieran made a mistake when James clipped him. He stayed on his feet and reacted. If he'd gone down, it would have been a yellow card for James and definitely not a red for him,' argued Bilic afterwards. 'He did the worst situation by not going down and then reaching with the hand. He didn't give the referee any other option. He should have been a little bit more crafty and clever. 'James was waiting and if you do that, it is a straight red. You can't complain.' Ironically, Bilic did complain at the time, loudly, to Dean when managers are not allowed to speak to officials until half-an-hour after the final whistle. © Provided by Daily Mail Gibbs was given his marching orders for shoving James in the face after being pushed A straight red card is the automatic punishment though Bilic insists he was not abusive. 'As a manager, I should be in a position to ask the referee what is going on. It was half-time, not like the game was going on, nobody was around,' he said. 'I didn't swear. I asked him in a frustrated way but I didn't cross the line,' he said. 'I told him if you want to kill us, kill us. That's all.' Bilic was also picked up by TV microphones shouting at Dean 'Check the foul, check the foul' — a reference to Everton's first goal when West Brom believe their defender Darnell Furlong was fouled in the build-up. © Provided by Daily Mail The Crotian was himself sent off for his protests to Mike Dean when walking in at half time Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants improvement from his team despite their impressive start to the season. 'We weren't able to control West Brom's transitions in the first half,' he said. 'We were more in control in the second half but I have to be honest and say we had a great advantage with their red card. I think we had a lot of creativity in attack with the full-backs pushing up.'