Ronald Koeman says that his Everton side got what they deserved from a difficult game at Selhurst Park thanks to Seamus Coleman's 87th-minute winner.
The Ireland skipper arrived on the overlap to pick up Tom Davies' pass before smashing the ball past Wayne Hennessey to hand the Blues' three precious points at the end of a match they had dominated almost from start to finish.
“In my opinion it was deserved,” Koeman said after the game. "When we controlled the game, we were by far the better football team. We had a lot of ball possession but also a lot of chances to score the goal.
“We played really well, with good ball possession between the lines and good movement. We had enough shots on target and created good chances but their goalkeeper was outstanding.
Palace came very close to taking an early lead when Christian Benteke glanced a trademark header off the face of Joel Robles's crossbar but from then until the last quarter of an hour it was all Everton.
Hennessey made a string of saves to keep Everton at bay before Robles made an excellent save to deny Scott Dann from a corner and Coleman grabbed the winner.
“Hennessey was outstanding on three, four shots in the first half,” Koeman continued. "It was difficult to score the goal.
"We had a difficult start to the game and they had the header from Benteke, but we were good in our defending, we were winning second balls and keeping them out of the box.
“If you beat City, with that big result, everybody expects the same performance,” he added. “But maybe today it was more difficult than it was last week.
“I am really proud and really pleased with the win today. Our attitude was perfect. We know this is a difficult place to come but we have come away with a win and a clean sheet. After last week, it really is fantastic.”
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1 Posted 21/01/2017 at 18:52:30
2 Posted 21/01/2017 at 18:53:23
Long may it continue and I do hope the staff don't allow complacency or lacklustre performances to creep back in when the window shuts.
3 Posted 21/01/2017 at 19:00:24
I don't know if we changed goalkeeping coaches but his approach is much different. Before he was punching balls and playing out with feet. No he's grabbing balls and punting downfield. He's playing like an old school English goalie which actually suits his size and strength better.
I was a bit worried about the Sam dead cat bounce but the team were very committed today from start to finish. Composed, careful, thoughtful. Not as exciting as the swashbuckler last week but a good performance and deserved win.
4 Posted 21/01/2017 at 19:06:32
5 Posted 21/01/2017 at 19:11:00
I may watch MotD, which is not often the last few years. The team seem to have some balance and organisation and improving game management. 3/3, and 2 back to back league wins, shows what we can do.
A long road ahead, but let's hope for a good solid run from to the end of this season, and maybe a few more in, to bed in for next season, and hopefully a few out, who are over due to be gone.
6 Posted 21/01/2017 at 19:36:42
He is the Dutch guy sat on the front bench who resembles a bond villain. Robles was brilliant today, claimed everything he needed to keep the win after we scored and a good tip-over too. What is that now, 4 clean sheets in 5?
7 Posted 21/01/2017 at 19:36:42
Things currently look prosperous for us right now with some good young players and one or two older, quality players but I still think it'll be another 2/3 Windows after this one before Koeman gets a team and squad together to seriously compete with the top four but the early signs of what's going on at Goodison are encouraging and long may it continue!
8 Posted 21/01/2017 at 19:53:04
9 Posted 21/01/2017 at 20:03:51
Last week's and today's displays encourage me.
Getting 3 points against "spacehopper head's" crew because we played like the home team is a sign that the era of our "petty cornershop", grateful for being invited, mentality could change.
Stil, no verdict until at least season completed.
10 Posted 21/01/2017 at 20:15:04
11 Posted 21/01/2017 at 20:27:58
The whole team was much improved though and I'll take 0-1 away wins all season long, no matter who we're playing.
12 Posted 21/01/2017 at 20:39:42
13 Posted 21/01/2017 at 20:46:15
Now after a few wins, the confidence is flooding back. This is showing on the field. Barkley is beginning to look a different player to the one earlier in the season. He looks confident and is closing down the defence more and creating much more too.
The younger players have provided a boost in that there is so much more energy in the team now. Davies, Holgate, Lookman when he comes on, Schneiderlin, Barkley, Lukaku, Funes Mori, Coleman all young players with lots of milage left in the tank. The future is starting to look bright. It's hard, as an Evertonian, to be overly optimistic, but I am as optimistic as it is possible to be given how the last 3 years have panned out. Suddenly it doesn't seem so far fetched to be able to catch Man Utd.
The rest of the season is so important now as to how we are gowing to progress long-term. A statement of intent is needed to take into next season and we are going the right way about it. If we can get some more quality in in the next couple of weeks and then build more in the summer then maybe a blue future is possible.
We are certainly going in the right direction and it is so nice for all blues to be finally so positive about everything that is going on at the club at the moment.
14 Posted 21/01/2017 at 21:10:09
What we need to keep this momentum going is to use the remaining 10 days of the transfer window to get in two more quality players, players (to use Koeman's words) who will improve the "team" (as opposed to the squad).
15 Posted 21/01/2017 at 21:11:42
The next game will be interesting..
16 Posted 21/01/2017 at 22:07:57
Under Moyes and Martinez we did well until we got 'sussed' then we were easy meat for any opposition manager with the right nouse and squad. Starting to look like things might be different now.
17 Posted 21/01/2017 at 22:13:28
18 Posted 21/01/2017 at 22:19:05
I think most of us might have settled for a point today based on a good team performance. To get the winning goal in that style speaks volumes about team spirit and what the game plan was today under Keoman.
We've a long way to go but the signs are there. There's been a lot of anti Koeman script written on these forums over the past few weeks, and a lot of Evertonians getting on each others tits over the way we've played. Let's get behind the manager and the team and see what we can produce between now and the end of the season. COYB's.
19 Posted 21/01/2017 at 23:13:37
20 Posted 21/01/2017 at 23:42:52
Game should most definitely not have been stopped (which we all knew) and Seamus was definitely onside (which I wasn't so sure of).
21 Posted 21/01/2017 at 23:54:05
Good performance for lads today - long may it continue.
22 Posted 21/01/2017 at 23:55:33
Other than Benteke's effort off the bar and an amazing save by Joel, we were in total control. Palace are fighting for their football lives and made it very difficult for us. But the desire to win this game by the boys was absolutely fantastic.
The side, and style of play is slowly coming together. The three young boys all had a solid games and Schneiderlin adds real bite in midfield.
I still think we miss that creative football mind in midfield... a Zola, Scholes, Mata, Modric, Kaka, or Bergkamp. Someone who can thread that lethal pass.
Another happy day being a blue... just renewed Happy Days.
23 Posted 22/01/2017 at 01:08:14
Koeman needed to see how what he inherited could perform. I think he has started to turn things around now and has got the team playing pretty well.
Look to the future lads, the next couple of seasons are going to be a lot more interesting- Have Faith... and don't forget the possibility of a new Stadium...
24 Posted 22/01/2017 at 08:11:41
The obvious fitness problems up until end of November seem to have resolved over the last 5-6 games.
This is the start. Now for progress.
Top six have other games to worry about. All we have to do is win a few more to join them.
25 Posted 22/01/2017 at 09:59:19
26 Posted 22/01/2017 at 10:08:24
I am pleased that we coped pretty well with Benteke and Robles made a great save which as Coleman said was worth a goal.
Hennesey kept Palace in it though and we really deserved to win the match.
Next is Stoke away which will be another test for our defence against the height of Crouch.
27 Posted 22/01/2017 at 10:34:04
He will get it right,i have never wavered once in that stance.
Good to see all the positivity on TW.
One or two of the Koeman out gang have put discretion before valour by not posting but there you go.
28 Posted 22/01/2017 at 11:50:36
And it's great to see the youngsters performing like they are, being given the opportunity to show what they can do. They clearly add energy for the pressing style that Koeman has been focusing on, but the better organisation that we've seen provides the backbone for the pressing. Pressing without organisation would be like running around like headless chickens.
It's a case of getting consistency now, maintaining the momentum that we now seem to have.
29 Posted 22/01/2017 at 13:20:41
30 Posted 22/01/2017 at 13:38:19
Can't argue with the last two performances. They're putting in a shift and there's some decent play around that hard work. Barkley looks born again right now.
Stoke away and Bournemouth at home. Expect 4 points - committed at Stoke and dominant against Bournemouth. Now that would feel like the end of the corner.
31 Posted 22/01/2017 at 14:04:58
32 Posted 22/01/2017 at 18:58:00
33 Posted 22/01/2017 at 20:05:45
When he was on the ball, he wasn't a disaster at all from when he came on. He was in the wrong position at times. Concerning Niasse's excellent attempted goal, he was walking backwards watching the ball as it come towards him, when the ball bounced once, somehow (he timed it impeccably), he managed to turn himself around and hit it on the volley, a powerful shot. Even the tv commentator tv said about his shot, 'very good.' 'Very good indeed.' This shows just how amazing Niasse's technical potential is as a striker.
Besides Lukaku, Everton do not have this. Barclay has no timing, Everton as a whole are not great with timing, ie when finishing, except Lukaku. Now take into consideration the pressure that has been on Niasse since he was signed by Everton, the way Kow=eman , and Everton have treated him, the fact Hull's new coach put him on pretty much only through an emergency, and he nearly lands an impressive goal, from behind him on the volley, shows strong character and massive potential. It shows he has impeccable timing to do that and excellent movement/ coordination from the aerial ball.
You'd think this was Chelsea's Diego Costa, instead it was Niasse, an otherwise premier league reject. It wouldn't surprise me when Niasse gains his confidence in the premier league if he were to impresses as a goal scorer for Hull, if they manage not be relegated.
34 Posted 22/01/2017 at 20:25:39
For now, I'll be happy if he just trims our squad of the poorer players!
35 Posted 22/01/2017 at 20:26:50
I'd love to see John's description of Tom Davies's goal against Man City. It would need to be a book in two parts and serialised in the newspapers it would be that long.
Niasse kicked the ball towards the goal from 10 yards out, straight at the keeper who caught the shot. That's it. He'll score none, possibly one. Are you his agent John?
36 Posted 22/01/2017 at 23:49:15
37 Posted 23/01/2017 at 02:05:56
Next game will be even tougher, let's see if the boys can carry on the good form.
38 Posted 23/01/2017 at 03:23:48
And what else did he do that impressed you so much?
Lookman made twice the impression in half the time which sums up the difference between Koeman's idea of quality and yours.
39 Posted 23/01/2017 at 04:12:11
40 Posted 23/01/2017 at 18:49:42
Jags is a defender whereas Niasse is a striker. Niasse is by no means perfect, but he apparently has excellent technical ability. He seems also to have fast feet too, were he able to learn to position himself.
Hull are a good team and they do not play like they're in the relegation zone either. Marco Silvo comes across as an intelligent coach.
Koeman seems part of the establishment and Niasse's face didn't fit as it were. He was/ is not, or certainly does not seem so at this point, the disaster Everton/ RK made him out to be.
41 Posted 23/01/2017 at 19:34:27
Yeah, him Denis Skinner and Billy Bragg
42 Posted 23/01/2017 at 19:58:46
"Infamy, infamy They've all got it in for me!"
43 Posted 23/01/2017 at 21:02:40
Fair enough. My point was simply that you seem to be drawing an awful lot of conclusions re: Niasse's supposed technical skill based on a single moment (which Mark (35) suggested has been overstated anyway).
The Jagielka comparison was simply to show that even defenders have moments of goalscoring brilliance in them. Let's see where Niasse stands at the end of the season, then we can talk.
44 Posted 23/01/2017 at 23:17:38
You don't see the state unless you fall out of the system, as it were. When I said Koeman was part of the establishment, I was of course speaking in terms of stratification sociologically.
46 Posted 23/01/2017 at 23:52:16
What a load of twaddle!