Everton got a heavy defeat to the Serie A Side in the Europa League with Wayne Rooney saying that the defeat to Atalanta was “upsetting” and “hurtful”.
The Toffees had already lost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages for the Premier League and now they still miss out an opportunity to win again.
“There’s nothing riding on the game but it’s our pride. It’s not nice to lose games and the manner we lost it is very disappointing and upsetting,” Rooney told BT Sport.
“There’s nothing much more to add. We wanted to win the game, we haven’t and that was a hurtful defeat for us.
“Getting the goal to make it 2-1, we were back in the game and had a couple of chances to equalise.
“Sloppy goals, set plays – we knew they were strong from set-pieces and we didn’t deal with them.”
“We all have to play a role. Obviously [there has been] a change of manager and I think it’s been a popular change in terms of performances, tonight aside,” Wayne Rooney added.
“We have to keep trying to pick up points in the Premier League and move up the table.
“It’s the board’s decision. Since David Unsworth has come in there’s been a great atmosphere among the players, some positive results and the players are enjoying day-to-day training.
“The board have got a decision to make and I’m sure they’re working on it.”