Koeman: We deserved the points

27 August  36 Comments  [Jump to last]

Ronald Koeman was pleased with Everton's second Premier League victory but maintains that his side still have room to improve.

A penalty four minutes into the second half proved enough to earn all three points over Stoke City at Goodison Park and leave the Blues with a healthy return of seven points from their first three games under the new manager.

Koeman was disappointed that his side wasn't able to kill the game by adding to their lead but he saw the players' effort and commitment as positives from the 1-0 win.

“Overall I think the three points are deserved,” Koeman said after the game. “[We had] more ball possession, more shots on target, while Stoke had zero.

“At the end at 1-0 it's always difficult because we had to defend all the time, but we had opportunities to kill the game in the second half but we didn't.

“That's always difficult but I think the work-rate, the belief and the spirit of the players was fantastic.

“Maybe the players need to change in the way we like to work, but they're doing the best and doing everything to improve.

“It's not the end, it's a good start to the season but we need to improve more in several aspects — how we press, how we kill the game and how we improve in the box.”


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Jonathon Laws
1 Posted 27/08/2016 at 19:55:05
This straight talk is such a breath of fresh air. Our victories are less praised under Koeman than our defeats were under Martinez. That sets the expectation at the level it needs to be.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 27/08/2016 at 19:55:20
Now this is not the end, it's not even the beginning of the end but, it could be the end of the beginning.
Paul Kennedy
3 Posted 27/08/2016 at 19:58:11
Romelu Lukaku failed to score or assist a goal for the 11th Premier League appearance running.

£60-70 million?

John Austin
4 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:02:56
The final paragraph from RK is absolutely spot on. Exactly what we were saying over a beer after the game. He's a breath of fresh air.
Jack King
5 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:05:21
Phenomenal performance.

I sit in the directors box and spoke to someone close to big Dunc.

Apparently Ferguson was banned from dressing room by Martinez for tearing into the players. And during the cup semi-final, at half-time, Jagielka told Martinez that they weren't going to play his way in second half.

Mike Hughes
6 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:05:52
Looks like it's going to be back to the predictable old Premier League.

Top of the table tonight – Chelsea, Man Utd, The Mighty Blues, and Man City.

The big boys up there again – same old, same old.

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:06:47
I can see you with a big Churchillian ceegar, Colin! Interesting how Koeman instills more hope with understatement than Roberto did with overstatement.
Michael Polley
8 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:11:54
Hard-fought game, but it was good to see us defend well. Last season, we would of conceded straight after scoring our penalty.
Stewart Lowe
10 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:18:25
We should be showing a tape of that to every potential signing and letting them know that this is how we play and this is how we fight.

I don't want to get ahead of myself but the next 3 league games are Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth. I can sniff another 9 points if we can keep that going.

Martin Mason
11 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:25:29
I really like this bloke and I hope so much that he gets the success that we all wish for.
Tim Locke
12 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:34:22
Colin, have you been taking lessons from Bobby brown shoes???? Because that is a phonemical statement .
Stewart Lowe
13 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:36:31
It just goes to show doesn't it that the people with no substance (Martinez) have to bang on unnecessarily talking crap to disguise the fact they know fuck all, when in fact if you keep it simple and say it as it is, we the fans actually appreciate less as being more.

I once remember watching an episode of The Dragon's Den and this guy came on to ask if the dragons wanted to invest in a piece of plastic that you put at the end of your cucumber to stop it drying up. The dragon's were crying with hysterics that this man completely missed the point. He had over thought this problem and invented something that really didn't need inventing. They not only advised him that a cucumber was so cheap that we didn't mind chopping the dried edge to get to the better cucumber, and further advised him that all he had invented was a condom for a cucumber... ha ha.

Roberto Martinez is not only that inventor, over complicating something which in fact is best played in its simplest form, but he is also that cucumber condom too, badly covering up a team who's confidence was clearing eroded.

Mike Allen
14 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:46:36
Can't knock a win – vast improvement this season but we have missed a trick not getting money for Lukaku; he is poor. I just don't see it with him. I hope he was left on for window shopping because he should have been the first pulled today.
Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:47:50
Stoke and WBA are the typical banana skins for half-baked teams with dreamy aspirations. Beating them both with solid defensive performances versus Keegan-style shoot outs is encouraging.
Alan Bodell
16 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:58:41
Holgate was just superb today, what the fuck is in that Barnsley water?
Lev Vellene
17 Posted 27/08/2016 at 21:22:01
I think I saw that Stoke had one shot on goal according to the stream stats, but at that time we'd had seven, and were still even. Might have been half-time stats.

I used to laugh at Holgate's hair (like all youngsters that still have hair... :P), but he made it easy to cheer today! Easily my MotM along with Gueye/Gana. (What are we supposed to call him???)

Colin Glassar
18 Posted 27/08/2016 at 21:23:00
We shall fight on the beaches, we will fight in the hills, we will fight in the streets, we shall never surrender.
Mike Mulhall
19 Posted 27/08/2016 at 21:58:42
Thoughts are with poor guy at Park End. The medics looked like they did all they could as well. It was a nice moment when both sets of fans applauded the medics carrying him out the stand.
Mick Davies
20 Posted 28/08/2016 at 01:14:45
Colin; He has nothing to offer except blood, toil, sweat and.... cheers!
Phillip Lupton
21 Posted 28/08/2016 at 06:10:48
For me 5 shone yesterday.

Holgate – Who needs John Stones?
Barry – At his age, he was always going to fade, but class in the first half;
Gueye – Should we call him Kante... what a revelation, what a signing!
Stekelenburg – Who needs a new keeper?

And last but not least Koeman; like everyone else, I'm so impressed with his tactics and honest assessments. What I really like is the fact he's got players like Mirallas, who has been coasting for too long, working hard for the team.

On a final note about the Churchill quotes. If I remember my history correctly, the 'end of the beginning' speech was given in 1942 around the time the Allies finally began to fight back against the Nazis with the armaments that Churchill alludes to. In the spirit of that speech, maybe with Gueye, Williams, Bolasie, Stekelenburg and Koeman, we are at that same pivotal part of history where we can begin to fight back.

With a more contemporary ending:

The future is bright, the future is Royal Blue!

Kevin Moorcroft
22 Posted 28/08/2016 at 08:37:55
I for one am very happy with Ronald Koeman. What a start considering his inheritance from that Spanish 'tosser' who virtually ruined Ross and many of the lads. Worst for me was bringing on Gareth with only minutes to go in one particular match. He'd have walked after that if I was his Govenor. Total incompetent had the players running around like headless chickens for two years.

I had a season ticket in the Gwladys Street for many years... Row F173, when we had 60,000 regularly and watched Ball, Harvey, Kendall and my personal favourite, John Morrissey, for years.

Loved the penalty at Old Trafford when Jacky 'giraffe' Charlton had handled (sent us to Wembley). I just missed Roy Vernon, the deadly penalty king, but witnessed The Golden Vision, Alex Young in his final years.

Then Howard's Era needs no describing on here!!

I think I have seen it all from 22 ct gold to scrap iron – Gordon Lee.... only highlight was Andy King, a true blue. What happened to Mick Lyons??

Anyway the feelings are coming back. I'm 64 this year and let's all get behind Ronald. This man will bring back the golden days, I'd be confident.

Gareth Clark
23 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:37:47
I'd add Ashley Williams to your list, Phillip.

He cleared everything in the box, got rid of the danger. No nonsense!

Ernie Baywood
24 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:47:27
Somewhere in a parallel universe Arnautovic's shot was 2 inches lower and there are Evertonians lamenting us not buying a tall centre half to stop the initial long ball, criticising Holgate for being caught ball watching, and questioning Stek's positioning.

I'm pleased with the way we played and think Koeman is on the right track with our style and tempo but we still need to find a way to put these games away. It wasn't a million miles away from some of our performances at the start of last season. In fact, it was about 2 inches away.

Karl Meighan
25 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:52:26
Nice to keep a clean sheet and not have to score three times to take a point, if we were a bit more clinical or had the run of the ball we could have won by three or four.

It's great going to Goodison with no empty seats and enjoying the game which had faded under Martinez.

I can't see Goodison being a nice friendly place to come and knock the ball around this season. The lad from Villa is looking like a top signing for peanuts with every passing game. Still early and there's lots of improvements we can make but seven points without being close to our best is a nice start.

Geoffrey Hall
26 Posted 28/08/2016 at 10:01:06
It's great being a blue.

I would still go and get Hart tho... and Bony.

Trevor Peers
27 Posted 28/08/2016 at 10:02:19
Great to have a decent manager after years of decline under that fool Roberto!
Dave Speed
28 Posted 28/08/2016 at 11:06:11
We are expected to beat WBA and Stoke if we aspire to higher things. Same as last season and what happened? The difference this season is that we took six points instead of three, with less heart-in-our-mouths incidents. Yes, there were times when the goalie had to do, and did, what he was paid to do. I want the strikers to do the same.

Successful teams don't rely on the run of the ball and refereeing decisions, even though we may have benefited from them yesterday in the penalty incident and Stoke hitting the bar. Even Mark (Happy) Hughes can't deny that the game stats backed up a deserving Everton victory.

The two incidents I mention would have less prominence in the write-ups if our forward play was more thoughtful and turned the ball in the box time into goals. I am even boring myself now by repeating that the best example of turning possession and potential chances into goals can be seen in the Germany 7 Brazil 1 game in the World Cup. There was not the gulf that the scoreline suggests, but German players passed to team mates in a better position and got the rewards. Brazilian players went for the tight angle shots when they had players in better positions.

If Jon Walters had been a bit more awake for Arnautovich's pass, then we would have been lamenting a game that slipped away. If Lukaku, Barkley and Kone had the same philosophy as Arnautovich and the Germans in 2014, then I believe that the Walters chance, Stoke hitting the bar, and the penalty arguments would not have been such big talking points. They need to change their thinking from personal glory to team success.

Stan Schofield
29 Posted 28/08/2016 at 11:48:29
Dave @28: Yes, and regarding your final sentence, that's particularly true, but I think that that is happening under RK's more disciplined and organised approach.

We're functioning increasingly like a team should, such that, even if someone like Lukaku doesn't score as much as he did in the past, it becomes less important if his overall contribution (touches on the ball, work off the ball, creating space for others because he's heavily marked) means the team as a whole scores more. That's the overall impression I'm getting, and the players seem happier for this new increasing cohesion. It certainly makes me happier.

Malcolm Stout
30 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:00:40
We desperately need a finisher, Big Rom has never been, for me, a 6-yard-box poacher. If he was a bit less selfish and with the right man beside him, we could score loads and not have to bite fingernails on the luck of a rebounded penalty which was a fairly lucky award to start with.
John Hughes
31 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:04:08
Dave his name is Jonathon not Mark. And he's a blue!!
Nigel Gregson
32 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:20:45
What I like so far is that we're winning, and also the style of play hasn't deteriorated into KITAP yet, but there will come a time when we'll run out of luck. Let's see how the manager reacts then.
Soren Moyer
33 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:25:08
Oh why oh why didn't we let the big lump go back to Chelsea!?? We really do need a decent striker and a creative midfielder.
Joe Clitherow
34 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:50:37
How about game-changing substitutions in the 35th minute as a reaction? Of course he could just stand with folded arms until the 87th minute and say we are on the verge of something special as we plummet down the table?

Some people seem to prefer that approach.

Stan Schofield
35 Posted 28/08/2016 at 13:14:01
Nigel @32: Although we can't predict the future, it's a 'reasonable expectation' (actually, for me a dead cert) that if and when we run out of luck, the manager will 'keep calm and carry on' with the disciplined and organised approach, until eventually the luck returns. As someone once said, chance favours the prepared mind.
Keith Harrison
36 Posted 29/08/2016 at 10:11:19
Colin, you forgot "We shall fight them in the air". Which is what we are doing with a centre half who can head the ball.

Ernie, 24. In that parallel universe, the normally 8'15" Peter Crouch would only be 8'13", and therefore unable to acrobatically overhead kick the ball off his own line. Ryan Shawcross would be standing 2" more to the left, and couldn't clear Romlaks shot off the line. Given would have stubby fingers (approx. 2" shorter), and wouldn't have tipped Super Kev's fizzer over the bar, or kept Ross's left foot shot out. Two inches makes all the difference.

Sometimes you make your own luck, and RK is beating this team into the shape of a lucky team. Because the harder you train, the luckier you become.

Me, I'm excited about the future for us Blues. We're building our dreams on bricks and mortar, not quicksand. Enjoy the ride, despite an odd blip that will occur.

Dale Rose
37 Posted 29/08/2016 at 13:36:02
In true war-time spirit, "Happy days are here again" COYB.

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