Ronald Koeman was pleased with the character his side showed in coming back from Maarten Stekelenburg's first-half howler to claw back a point against Manchester United yesterday.
Everton trailed at the break again after the Dutch goalkeeper charged into no-man's land outside his area to confront Zlatan Ibrahimovic but was lobbed by the veteran striker whose shot bounced onto the line off the crossbar and eventually spun over the goal line to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
A spirited and increasingly effective second-half fightback — one aided in particular by substitutes Enner Valencia and Mason Holgate — finally paid dividends when Marouane Fellaini tripped Idrissa Gueye in the United box and Leighton Baines confidently dispatched the penalty with a minute of regulation time left on the clock.
“It was a good team performance,” he told evertontv's Darren Griffiths after the match. “Very difficult. I think from the start of the game the team was well organised and made it difficult. [Manchester United] did not create any big chances.
“And, of course, a big mistake cost the 1-0 but I think in the second half we showed a lot of belief, a lot fight in the team to get a better result [which we did] finally by the penalty. We got one point that we deserved today.
“[The intensity] was very good. You see in some moments in the game maybe a lack of a little bit of confidence on the ball and then it's always difficult.
“At 1-0 down, they were defending well and we were defending well. Maybe they had one big chance to score the second goal but we pushed to the last second and we got what we deserved.
“It was really important [not to lose the game]. Of course you can have positive comments about the game about the fight, the atmosphere… I think the fans stayed behind the team until the last second and the team deserved at least one point for their hard work and some good football in the second half.”
Koeman was asked about the performances of Valencia and Holgate who used the opportunities of their second-half introductions to press his claims for more regular action up front alongside Romelu Lukaku.
The Ecuadorian's presence after coming on in place of Yannick Bolasie added an extra dimension to the Blues' attack as they searched for the equaliser, while Holgate was very lively down the right flank deputising for Seamus Coleman who was withdrawn through injury following an incident with Ibrahimovic.
“Yeah, [Enner] was good, he was strong, he made it difficult. Really he was that support for Romelu that we needed after going 1-0 down. He had a big impact in the game and that's what you like from substitutes — that they will have that impact.
“Mason was very good; straight in the game and defending well and that was very good because it's always difficult for young players and he didn't really get [a full warm-up] to get in but he did fantastic.”
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1 Posted 05/12/2016 at 17:34:11
2 Posted 05/12/2016 at 17:39:45
3 Posted 05/12/2016 at 17:42:05
4 Posted 05/12/2016 at 17:53:56
8 Posted 05/12/2016 at 19:44:45
There was a spell in this match where our team all looked frightened, scared stiff, of the ball. So awful for a club with such an illustrious history.
As for deserved, we were rank. And, if you look at replays of the penalty, we were very fortunate.
I think I am with Michael Kenrick on another thread. I loved the fact that we picked up the point. But you would have to wearing rose tinted glasses to say we deservedi it!
This manager will soon be another footnote in our history. NOT the right fit for the club we love.
9 Posted 05/12/2016 at 19:58:55
For me, a far more worrying trend is... Everton, Hull City, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Swansea have all conceded 5 goals or more in a game this Season and they are all showing signs of regression.
10 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:16:00
As for the penalty being "fortunate"... not hardly, it was an obvious call on solid contact. But yes, we're fortunate that Fellaini was there with a particularly well-timed brain fart, since Gana was clearly not going to finish the chance.
11 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:17:30
12 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:23:34
As for yesterday's game having watched the match at Goodison and again in full this morning, I can't believe how poor the passing was. There is a huge difference in playing a long ball game and hoofing it up the field as we did. The team did work hard and kept a pretty decent shape but there was a lack of class on show.
I won't comment on the goalkeeper but I thought both centre backs were suspect. Cleverley ran his socks off but his overall performance was poor. Bolasie just doesn't seem to be in control of his feet. Deulofeu isn't going to make it and I can't see any point in persevering with him. On the other hand I thought Valencia did ok and deserves a start. Holgate shows promise and should be getting game time on a regular basis from here on.
I don't think the squad is as bad as people are making out but I agree that the performances to date have been very disappointing. I wouldn't go for major changes in January but a top goalie, a domineering centre-half and a striker would be a good start.
13 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:26:49
We must have been watching a different match, apart from maybe the last quarter when we did look more up for it.
As for the snotty bit, I will give you that. But I am feeling that way, especially when you look at the fighting spirit of AFC Bournemouth, compared to Everton under Mr Koeman.
14 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:30:36
15 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:38:30
If we could get him and Mirallas firing together then we would instantly become a serious proposition for any defence.
16 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:45:28
But I'm also an admirer of Lyndon Lloyd. Good writer and class guy. Didn't deserve that one.
17 Posted 05/12/2016 at 20:50:47
Geri might get the start next weekend, but my hunch is that it's Valencia, more than Geri or Kev, who is eventually going to benefit most from Bolasie's absence.
18 Posted 05/12/2016 at 21:02:48
No slight on Lyndon intended by me. A superb Evertonian.
I just took Michael's point of view as. I am entitled to do.
Must agree to disagree on that one.
19 Posted 05/12/2016 at 21:12:50
20 Posted 05/12/2016 at 21:45:02
Mike the Yank
21 Posted 05/12/2016 at 21:47:38
22 Posted 05/12/2016 at 23:20:19
Does anyone know why Tom Davies wasn't in the squad?
23 Posted 06/12/2016 at 01:46:34
24 Posted 06/12/2016 at 03:21:38
25 Posted 06/12/2016 at 04:33:14
Nor do I believe he cost us a win yesterday. No way we'd have cranked up that kind of pressure in the second half unless we'd been down a goal. Unfortunately, that's our pattern.
Every keeper commits howlers, and I think Stekelenburg is entitled to one. Agreed that Robles looks okay but, for me, Stek keeps his place unless he pulls another one like that.
26 Posted 06/12/2016 at 05:10:32
27 Posted 06/12/2016 at 10:41:41
28 Posted 06/12/2016 at 10:42:52
29 Posted 06/12/2016 at 14:43:08
30 Posted 06/12/2016 at 16:50:51
And now I can enjoy the byplay between Mark and Alan.
Hard to believe what the Internet can resurrect 50 years later.
31 Posted 07/12/2016 at 20:20:43
It's a shame that some so-called supporters had to have a go at Cleverley like they did. At least with him you get effort even if things don't always go his way.
There are players at this club whose commitment I question; Cleverley isn't one of them.
32 Posted 08/12/2016 at 11:23:48