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Kieran King

Roy Keane ruins Jordan Pickford as he disagrees with Micah Richards in brutal assessment

Roy Keane has slammed Jordan Pickford for his role in Manchester City's third goal as they swept aside Everton 3-0 on Sunday.

Ilkay Gundogan gave City the lead with an outrageous flicked finish, before Erling Haaland doubled their advantage as he headed the ball beyond Pickford. However, the Toffees goalkeeper may have done better with Gundogan's second goal after the half-time break.

The German curled the ball over the way from a free-kick to hand City a three-goal cushion. Speaking to Sky Sports, Keane felt Pickford should have done more and also hit back at Micah Richards for his earlier claim.

Keane said: "Pickford, for the goal… my goodness. He looks so small in there, there's no spring, he's not anticipating. Micah said before the game he’s a top keeper. He's not."

Pickford had been praised for his previous two performances against Brighton and Leicester, but didn't cover himself in glory for not saving Gundogan's free kick. The England international made some remarkable saves in the 5-1 win at the Amex Stadium, while also saving James Maddison's penalty a week before.

However, Sunday's defeat leaves Everton in a very precarious position at the bottom of the Premier League. They currently sit 17th but could be leapfrogged by Leicester should the Foxes beat Liverpool on Monday.

Sean Dyche's Everton are in the midst of a relegation battle (Getty Images)

Reflecting on his side's performance against City, Sean Dyche said: "The takeaway was that a lot of the performance was right against a top side but saw that you get punished against a top side if you make the slightest mistake. Until their first goal, our shape was good.

"We knew we would have to give up the ball and work hard out of possession - we did it so well at Brighton. Different side, they can open you up in many different ways which they did in the end.

"The early performance was very good, the shape was very good, we looked to build on the idea at Brighton where you could counter. We did on many occasions without the final details. We arguably had the best chance with Mason Holgate from a set-piece.

"Sometimes, you’ve got to be realistic with the opposition and what they do. They weren’t outstanding but found the moments. The first goal was a very clever finish, a very clever bit of play, the second goal was knockdown football.

"They do it very well, a top side reacting with what they had to do. They stretch the pitch, get the bits, cross, finish - simplistic football but done with detail but there was no lack of will, no lack of demand."

Everton are next in action when they travel to Wolves this weekend, before hosting Bournemouth on the final day of the season.

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