While David Unsworth’s first game at Everton did not produce the result most were hoping to see since Chelsea still won 2-1, the squad looked much better, than they were when they were with Ronald Koeman.
The Toffees kept Chelsea on their toes for the entire game and even controlling play for stretches against the reigning champs.
The 44-year-old has already spoken about his desires to be the permanent manager of the club and could also be credited for the little changes he did in their game.
Unsworth gave a debut to 19-year-old Beni Baningnime who many hadn’t heard before prior Wednesday.
“Hopefully we will be as committed as that in every game that I am in charge of,” Unsworth said.
“We started with a great display tonight but we want to know go and start a winning streak.
“But when I see and hear older pros helping the young lads out like they did, then it makes me quite excited to take us forward and work with everybody. We had a game plan and the players stuck to that.
“I am very proud of them. Nobody likes losing but I saw so much to work within a great, committed performance.”
When asked about his future at Everton and his relationship with chairman Bill Kenwright, the interim manager said:
“I’m scheduled to meet (Moshiri) on Friday afternoon with the chairman (Bill Kenwright),”
“I speak to the chairman two, three, four times a day, so communication is brilliant. I’ve got a great relationship with the board.
“What will be will be: I just have to be committed. We have to try and win and take it from there.
“There’s no points return or games total they’ve set: we’ll just continue to work and plan game-to-game. All I know is that we’ll hopefully be as committed as that in every game that I’m in charge, and hopefully get on a winning run.
Everton will play against Leicester City this weekend and Unsworth is upbeat that they will win.
“We started with a great performance; we’ve got to go on a winning streak and very, very quickly, hopefully at Leicester (in the Premier League) on Sunday. I’m quite excited to take that on and work with everybody.”