The manager might have been doing himself a disservice because it was his decision to make a game-changing substitution after 38 minutes that paved the way for what was ultimately a dominant Blues display.
Everton were a goal down that point to Gareth McAuley's early header off a corner and struggling to compete in the final attacking third with Gerard Deulofeu mismatched against Tony Pulis's big defenders.
Koeman replaced James McCarthy with Romelu Lukaku and the improvement was almost immediate. The Belgian wasn't involved in either the equaliser but his presence transformed the Blues' attack.
"We played well but it was still difficult because it always is coming to this place," Koeman said after the game. The teams of Tony Pulis have direct play and a lot of tall people.
“When West Brom scored to make it 1-0, that made it harder to create. When we made it 1-1, it was a key moment in the game."
The manager revealed his high expectations again, though, when he expressed his dissatisfaction with his team's failure to finish West Brom off late on.
“In the second half we played good football. The subs had a big impact on the final result but we forgot to kill the game.
"We had two big chances — one for Barkley and one for Lukaku. You need to be lucky with second balls, but there was good defending."
Koeman explained that his original starting XI was an attempt to use Gerard Deulofeu's pace to unsettle the Baggies' back line but in the end he had no choice but to change things when it was clear they weren't working.
"We had to change the system, and I think from that point on [we were] the more dominant team.
"In this system, you hope with Deulofeu up front you get space behind the defenders but they dropped further back at 1-0 and there was no space. Then you need a target man like Lukaku, wingers to make the pitch wider and to play at a higher tempo which we did after 25 minutes.
"We finished strong. To go from 1-0 down to winning 2-1, it's also mentality. OK, we can improve but it was better [physically] from one week ago."
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1 Posted 20/08/2016 at 23:49:04
2 Posted 21/08/2016 at 00:04:43
4 Posted 21/08/2016 at 00:17:03
5 Posted 21/08/2016 at 00:49:43
All in all, it was a learning experience for Koeman, but the fact that he has not bought another striker is a disgrace, it truly is.
How many games does he need to manage until he finds that out??
6 Posted 21/08/2016 at 00:55:48
And a 38th minute sub...Moyes & Martinez will have been perplexed!!!! Love it. COYB.
7 Posted 21/08/2016 at 01:13:04
8 Posted 21/08/2016 at 01:14:52
I did feel a little for McCarthy, I thought it may have been a better call to take off Holgate, but how wrong I was.
Too long have we been stuck with spineless or clueless management that just waited for a change of luck to change the game, not RK, and not Everton any more.
We went from looking clueless, to being unlucky not to finish up winning 1-4.
All in all a great day at the office.
9 Posted 21/08/2016 at 03:02:31
Gana was the business in midfield again, harrying, tackling, regaining possession. I believe that was the role Martinez envisioned for McCarthy. The big difference is that nearly every time Gana gets the ball he makes a positive pass that, even if not always forward, drives the team in the right direction. I hope some of his play rubs off on James and he regains his spark as I still see a future for him at Everton, especially with Barry not getting any younger.
Mirallas seems to be relishing being back in the team and Holgate looks like he's going to fill the 'hole' left by Stones. If he can keep his feet on the ground and grab the opportunities that come his way he has the potential to be a top player. Perhaps that fourth centre-back (Kone) is not so essential after all, which would allow us to spend elsewhere.
In seasons gone by we would have drawn that match so we're already improving. Great for the new manager to get 3 points early on. It won't hurt our search for new players to be in the European spots come deadline day. Lukaku appears to be staying, Hart looks likely (though Stek looked the business again) and we still have a wadge of cash burning a hole in our back pocket. Very happy Toffee here!
10 Posted 21/08/2016 at 03:52:34
Felt bad for McCarthy but he has serous competition now from Gueye, and Barry doesn't seem to age.
11 Posted 21/08/2016 at 04:18:00
13 Posted 21/08/2016 at 07:24:47
1- he kept the youth on and sacrificed the senior pro.
2- he explained his original plan and accepted how it was failing.
14 Posted 21/08/2016 at 07:37:25
15 Posted 21/08/2016 at 09:11:20
The players look fitter by the week with Mirallas running and chasing like a man possessed. Holgate looks a real player and changed the game following the change with his interceptions and driving runs forward.
16 Posted 21/08/2016 at 09:14:05
17 Posted 21/08/2016 at 09:16:02
18 Posted 21/08/2016 at 11:41:55
19 Posted 21/08/2016 at 11:57:07
20 Posted 21/08/2016 at 12:07:48
21 Posted 21/08/2016 at 12:29:27
23 Posted 21/08/2016 at 16:40:58
I thought Gueye had an exceptional game, as did Barry. Mirallis is looking better under Koeman. Actually, I thought Stekelenburg had a good game too. (Thought he was impeded for their opener). One thing's for sure, if EFC are going places, it will only be if 11 players gel and play well as a team, not because of a few outstanding players or flashes of brilliance. Team spirit, working as a unit, hard work and doing what RK asks. Not rocket science.
24 Posted 22/08/2016 at 00:20:50
He shit out of a tackle in the second half, resulting in West Brom almost scoring, plus he was a joke for the attack in the first half leading to the corner that WBA scored from. Rondon is just a big hairy arse, its clear you can't just move him, Mori was very naive to think he could win the ball and abandon his position of being goal side.
He's a big threat off corners and can do a good job in both boxes, I want him to do well, but I do feel Jags looks more suited to his surroundings, and if imagine Williams to be the same.
Let's see what RK does, but I'm genuinely rooting for big Funes.
25 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:50:07
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