Everton boss

Michael Brown has launched a fierce defence of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after his poor performance against Fleetwood Town.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder insists the England international has been “unbelievable” for the Toffees and that all top keepers have dips in form.

The shot-stopper made an error with the ball at his feet for Fleetwood’s first goal while Callum Camps’ overhead kick was straight at the 26-year-old for their second.

He has come under fire for a series of mistakes between the sticks in recent weeks which have led to opposition chances and goals.

However, Brown insists that Carlo Ancelotti and the Goodison Park faithful should keep faith with the former Sunderland man and has backed him to get over his indifferent displays of late.

Brown told Football Insider: “When you make that mistake in a game, you might think it’s too comfortable, I don’t know what it might be but he’s a fantastic goalkeeper – he’s making a couple of mistakes, it happens, it’s how he comes through it.

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“The concentration levels will be there, he’s been an unbelievable keeper so far, we’ve seen it with De Gea, mistakes being made, we’ve seen it with Hugo Lloris – it’s such a key area and goalkeepers can have a spell of a couple of mistakes.

“I just think he wants to play all the games, he sets a standard for himself. There’s competition for him at Everton, there’s competition for him every day. You don’t see it in the media but there is and as we’ve seen it at Chelsea, goalkeepers can come in very quickly.” 

Pickford has played in three of the club’s four games across all competitions this season.

Joao Virginia was picked to start against Salford City in the last round of the League Cup while Jonas Lossl was on the bench for the trip to Fleetwood.

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