DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, admitted his team could have no complaints after last night’s Carling Cup defeat at Everton.
United briefly threatened an upset when Richard Cresswell netted his fourth of the season but could not prevent David Moyes’ side booking their place in the third round draw.
Wilson said: “We came here wanting a result.
“We didn’t get that but I also wanted a performance and I’m satisfied with that because Everton are a damn good team.
“They stretched us and created chances but we showed good heart and we can learn so much from coming up against such quality players.
“I’m not at all disappointed with the players. Far from it.
“Everton paid us a lot of respect by naming a strong line-up and hopefully we can pick-up a lot from some of the little things they do.”
Despite spending most of the contest on the back foot, United took a 29th minute lead Cresswell converted Stephen Quinn’s centre.
But Everton, who levelled when Steve Simonsen inadvertently palmed Jack Rodwell’s cross onto Cresswell’s legs, moved through the gears with Victor Anichebe and Mikel Arteta ensuring it was the hosts who progressed. Their manager Moyes insisted “a few more goals” would not have flattered his team but paid tribute to United saying: “They’re a good side and they pass the ball well.
“Danny has got them playing an attractive brand of football and they made their contribution to the game.
“When we went a goal down I thought ‘Here we go again’ but getting back so quickly helped settle any nerves.”
United goalkeeper Simonsen set his sights on restoring the South Yorkshire club’s Championship status immediately after his emotional return to Merseyside.
Simonsen spent six years at Everton before arriving at Bramall Lane from Stoke and predicted the emergence of young players such as Jordan Slew, Harry Maguire and Matthew Lowton have given United a renewed sense of purpose following last term’s relegation.
Simonsen, who described the 2010/11 campaign as an “utter disaster,” said: “The kids have done really well and they’ve helped lift the place.
“Now a few of them are coming through into the first team and we’ve got high hopes for them.
“We’ve drawn a line under last season. We don’t talk about it anymore.
“The fans have stuck with us too and that says a lot about them.”