Danny Mills backed Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to drop Jordan Pickford from the Everton starting eleven.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that it was right to take the 26-year-old “out of the firing line” with his confidence “a bit fragile” after a number of mistakes.

Pickford was replaced by summer signing Robin Olsen for the trip to Newcastle United after a number of high profile errors already this season.

Despite producing an eye-catching display on his Toffees debut, Olsen was on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at St. James’ Park as Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed their opportunity to return top of the table.

Mills said it was now up to Pickford to respond in the right manner on the training pitch.

“I think he needed to be taken out of the firing line,” he told Football Insider.

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“We have seen it before. If he was to make another mistake his confidence may have hit rock bottom and then you can really struggle. It can be a real issue.

“Clearly his confidence is a bit fragile so one more mistake could be devastating so Ancelotti has taken him out of the firing line before that happens. Let him just concentrate on training for a couple of weeks.

“We have seen it in the past with Joe Hart at Manchester City. He would miss two or three games and come back in refreshed, renewed and he would perform very well.

“This is probably the first time it has happened to Jordan Pickford and it is now up to him to perform in the right way. Work hard, knuckle down and earn your place back in the team.”

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