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Gylfi Sigurdsson: Everton must make amends for FA Cup humiliation

GYLFI SIGURDSSON insists Everton must make amends for their Merseyside derby FA Cup humiliation by getting back on the winning trail.

New manager Carlo Ancelotti saw the scale of his task as a 1-0 defeat to an extremely youthful and inexperienced Liverpool team extended a winless run at Anfield stretching back to 1999.

Although most of the Everton players headed straight for the tunnel, away from their furious fans in the Anfield Road end, £45million midfielder Sigurdsson (pictured) did front up afterwards.

Asked how they could respond, the 30-year-old said: ‘Winning games. As simple as that.

‘Of course no one is happy when you lose and are out of the cup. Everyone associated with the club — fans, staff, players — are disappointed with the result. We have only got ourselves to blame not to have taken our chances in the first half. It’s very disappointing.

‘We’ve got to make sure we continue the form we had in the Premier League in the last couple of weeks and try to finish off the season strongly.’

■ SHEFFIELD United manager Chris Wilder has denied disrespecting the FA Cup after changing his entire team against AFC Fylde. Wilder swapped all 11 players for Sunday’s 2-1 third-round win over the non-league side, which followed Premier League games with Manchester City and Liverpool. The Blades boss insisted: ‘When I saw the draw a few weeks ago I was going to play a strong side. But just looking at how the boys were, and the intensity of the fixtures coming up, I decided not to.’