Carlo Ancelotti targeting more history at Everton after becoming the Toffees’ first manager to win at Anfield since Walter Smith 22 years ago
- Everton remain seventh but are three points off fourth place with a game in hand
- The Toffees’ last win at Anfield was in 1999 thanks to Kevin Campbell’s winner
- Carlo Ancelotti said his side needed to improve their inconsistent home form
- Captain Seamus Coleman dedicated the win to the club’s long-suffering fans
Carlo Ancelotti says he wants to create more history at Everton after becoming the club’s first manager to win at Anfield since Walter Smith in 1999.
The Toffees moved level on points with rivals Liverpool after securing their first Merseyside derby victory anywhere in 24 attempts.
And boss Ancelotti said: ‘I realise that I am the first manager that beat Liverpool after 21 years. I don’t know if this is enough to be in the history of this club, but if it’s not enough, I am working.
Carlo Ancelotti masterminded Everton’s first Merseyside derby win at Anfield for 22 years
The last of those was in September 1999 when Kevin Campbell’s strike settled the contest
‘I am really pleased and really happy for the club and the supporters. I could only imagine if our supporters were there tonight, but I hope they are going to celebrate tonight.’
Ancelotti’s side remain seventh but are now only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – and with a game in hand.
Asked about their Champions League chances, the Italian said: ‘Top four – wait. We are fighting for Europe and now we are in a good position.
‘This victory means that we can compete using our quality. Of course this kind of performance helps to improve the belief of the team overall and helps us to be better in the future.
‘We have to be better at home. At home we have a lot of problems. We lost a lot of games. The run away from home is fantastic, but at home it is not good enough.’
Everton captain Seamus Coleman – the only Toffees player to feature in their last Merseyside derby win in 2010 – dedicated last night’s win to their absent fans.
Carlo Ancelotti said his side needed to improve their home form to break into the top four
The defender said: ‘That’s for all the Evertonians who have struggled over the last number of years.
‘Coming here over the years, letting ourselves down but more importantly letting the blue side of the city down, it’s been hard.
‘We can put a brave face on it and try and brush it off but when you’ve been in the city for 10 years, it’s difficult to take and I feel sorry for the fans – so this is an amazing feeling.
Seamus Coleman dedicated the win to their fans after the Toffees ended their Anfield hoodoo
‘We need to move on from this as much as possible. It can’t just be a celebration.
‘We need to start moving the club forwards. That goes back to the likes of Fulham at home, and West Ham at home – that’s where we need to start being better all round.’
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