Brian Sorensen was pleased with the way his side built up to Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the Continental League Cup.
The Blues dominated the game from the start but struggled to convert possession into meaningful efforts on goal, and it took until the 55th minute to break the deadlock when Katja Snoeijs fired the Blues ahead.
From there, the Toffees began to cut their opponents out with more ease and as the game approached the final ten minutes, substitute Hanna Bennison superbly intercepted a pass inside the United half before getting forward and smashing a shot into the top corner.
Everton made it three eight minutes later when fellow substitute Gio drove down the left flank before dribbling between United defenders and then cutting the ball back for Jess Park to finish.
talking with evertontv After the game, Sorensen said, “We started the first five minutes really well, and because we looked so good, my thoughts were, ‘well, this is going to be a good game for us.’
“But then it was like we stopped. It was too passive, not thinking about what we were doing. Unfortunately we had to talk about it at half-time but I think the second half was better.
“There was bite in our press and really that’s where our goal comes from, we started to look more like what we want to do.”
He went on to say: “It’s always difficult to play against a team that just wants to defend, how to get numbers behind the ball. But I think we should demand more of ourselves and want to do better.
“I’m happy with the result and the win, but only the performance can be better.”
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⛔️ Fourth goal of the season
Work done by Sorensen’s Blues.
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Snoeijs’ crucial first goal was her first since joining the club, but despite this, Sorensen admitted he was not concerned about her form in front of goal and instead praised the striker, calling her one of the best finishers he has ever worked with. .
“I’m not worried about Kat, I watch her train, she’s an amazing finisher, probably one of the best I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been training.
“But we have to trigger these situations [leading to the goal]and that takes effort from the whole team because we know he can finish, but yeah, it’s nice that he got his first today and I’m sure there will be more to come.”
The Everton manager was also full of praise for Gio, who played a key role in the Blues’ third goal, dancing around with tackles in the box before setting up Park to finish.
“We’ve been following Gio for a while, we wanted to start her today, but unfortunately that hip that has caused her so many problems was still not there.
“She can’t play against Arsenal of course, so hopefully after that she can be in consideration to start.
“But we have to get that hip under control, otherwise it could be a problem that leads to an operation, and we don’t want to do that, we want to take care of a young player.
“We know she’s a good player, hopefully she played 25 minutes today and now she can build on that.”