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Everton legend Neville Southall has advised Jordan Pickford to use critics’ words as inspiration, as it is the best way to deal with them.
After the Toffees 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace, Pickford admitted he had made a “disgusting” mistake, as he allowed a tame shot from Christian Benteke to squirm under his body.
Everton stopper then claimed Gary Neville and other pundits “just want to come for England players” and that “everyone hates you.”
However, as some observers are now questioning Pickford’s place as England keeper, Southall has urged his current Everton successor to let his football do the talking in response.
In an interview with Liverpool Echo, the Toffees legend said:
“If it was someone like Peter Schmeichel criticising you you’d perhaps think ‘fair enough’ but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the others.
“Gary Neville has a good knowledge of football and all the others have but you’ve got to remember there was a fella behind all of them who made them look good.
“The criticism just goes with the job doesn’t it?
“The best way for a goalkeeper to answer anyone is to play well, that’s it. You don’t have to say anything, you don’t have to do anything else. Just go and do your job.
“Stick what the pundits have said about you up on the wall in the training ground or the dressing room above where you get changed and say ‘today I’m going to prove them wrong.’
“Get so good that they come back to you and say: ‘Yes, I was wrong, you’re great!’”
Source- Liverpool Echo