Ronald Koeman and Morgan Schneiderlin both reflected on a decent point earned at Stoke in windy conditions this evening against a physical side who are difficult to beat on their own patch at the bet365 Stadium.
Everton had to fight back from conceding an early goal but got their reward when Ryan Shawcross inadvertently put the ball in his own net late in the first half.
Having survived a couple of scares when Joel Robles had dash off his line to thwart Marco Arnautovic, the Blues regrouped in the second period after shifting to a conventional back four and were unlucky not to win it with a couple of good openings in the final 20 minutes.
Asked by Darren Griffiths for evertontv if he thought it was a fair result, Koeman agreed.
“Yes, I think so,” he said. “Stoke had two or three big chances well saved by Joel in one-against-one situations [but] overall I think we were the more domninant team.
“We did not create a lot of good chances but we had that domination in the game.
“It's always difficult [here]. It's windy… the long direct ball to Crouch… second balls… but we defended well. Maybe in the last 10, 15 minutes we had the chances to win but overall I think it's a fair result.
“In several moments in the second half we were a little bit sloppy in our ball possession but overall it's a good performance.”
Regarding Morgan Schneiderlin, who made his first start since joining from Manchester United three weeks ago and played the full 90 minutes, Koeman was pleased to have his £24m acquisition in the side.
“He showed his qualities today,” the Dutchman said. He's really that type of midfielder that the team needs. He can play different positions in the midfield… he's really comfortable on the ball, he;'s fast, he's clever in his ball possession.
“It's a big signing and we know that those kinds of signings make the team stronger.
Schneiderlin himself was very happy to complete a full game in the Premier League for the first time this season. The Frenchman was named in the starting XI at the expense of Gareth Barry as the only change from the team that won at Crystal Palace.
“It was great for me, personally,” Schneiderlin said. “I feel good and very happy and very proud to start for the first time.
“At the end of the day it's a good point. Playing away at Stoke is never easy for any team. [So] with the conditions and everything it was a good point and it will be a great point if we win on Saturday.
“Today I'm happy to feel tired after a game again.
“In the second half, I don't know if that put a machine in or something but it was really windy and hard get high up the pitch so we tried to play it on the floor to create some chances.
“We had one or two chances and I think we could have done better with our last pass because we would have been more clinical or dangerous if we'd one or two more passes to create something.
“It's a disappointment [not to win] but we will the point and work hard on those little things and I'm sure we'll correct it on Saturday and win the game.”
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1 Posted 02/02/2017 at 00:17:14
Schneiderlin really looked the part today (a couple of risky under hit square balls aside). Barry can relax and enjoy retirement.
Koeman moved to a 4-3-3 after the break with McCarthy coming on for the below par Holgate. Whilst this stopped Stoke's fluency it also seemed to reduce ours and the game became a bit more scrappy.
Lookman came on for Mirallas and furnished a couple of great attempts, the second one after the Stoke keeper made a wonderful save from a flying Davies header. Davies was very noticeable, creative and destructive in equal measure, and hopefully maturity will reduce the errors.
I hoped for a win but expected a draw. Utd drew at home in an easier fixture. Onwards and upwards! (Or at least onwards and sideways.)
2 Posted 02/02/2017 at 00:32:40
3 Posted 02/02/2017 at 03:47:18
I think part of Barkley's issue is people want him to do that but he lacks the pace to get up and down field. Plus he's better at cute balls rather than 30-yarders.
If we have Schneiderlin deep as a maestro, Barkley in the hole, then width from wing backs or wingers then we have three routes to goal. With Rom's strength and Lookman's speed we also have the over the top root one option. So, all-in-all, we are looking a more balanced attacking force.
4 Posted 02/02/2017 at 04:02:29
Speaking of Stones, Davies is far more secure with the ball.
5 Posted 02/02/2017 at 09:54:28
If you're right, Kieran, I need to go to the optician. Barkley doesn't have an exceptional engine that I know of, but surely no problem with pace? He's actually quite quick.
6 Posted 02/02/2017 at 13:39:54
The plus points are that we are showing more resilience under Koeman even if I have no idea on how he wants us to play.
7 Posted 02/02/2017 at 13:53:11
Davies and Lookman were both unlucky not to get on the scoresheet; Lookman doing more in 10 minutes than lard arse Lukaku offered the whole game. Holgate was rightly withdrawn as he was being taught a painful lesson and being dragged left, right and centre between Crouch and Arnaoutovich, he will learn from it and hopefully start again next game.
I also have absolutely no fucking idea what system Koeman is trying to establish but I don't care as long as we keep winning he can keep it secret.
9 Posted 02/02/2017 at 15:34:41
We always have poor finishes or poor touches. If we had good first time touches or good finishes, we'd have scored goals and not be in the seventh position circumstantially where we are now, circumstantially.
I am beginning to wonder if these are euphemisms for 'poor touch' or 'poor finish'/ couldn't finish' equals 'can't win games' because our strikers are just not good enough.
11 Posted 02/02/2017 at 15:51:29
With Gana back playing, we might see what him and Schneiderlin have in potential.
12 Posted 02/02/2017 at 16:06:36
Even of Lukaku I cannot remember how many times he has had poor first touches and poor finishes, so if he could master this requisite skill, he'd have an impressive score record for the Premier League itself, and not just Everton.
14 Posted 02/02/2017 at 16:36:31
15 Posted 02/02/2017 at 16:38:22
It's all about confidence with him: people get on his back, he crumbles. When people praise him, he excels.
16 Posted 02/02/2017 at 16:48:53
18 Posted 02/02/2017 at 22:35:17
Convinced that injuries and poor form forced Koeman into 3-5-2, i'm still wondering what if...
But it has worked in the last month or so and performances are better. now the real measure of progress it the home game with Bournemouth, defeated at the Vitality for the first time this season, it was THE poorest performance of the season, albeit Watford comes damn close.
Can Koeman break down a lower level premier league side at home? My instincts say he might stick with things as they are, however we do need more in the final third. I'd personally go with Lookman up front with Rom, not an overly physical side, Bournemouth should be an ideal time to give him a start.
Mirallas has looked ineffectual in the last two games and perhaps needs a rest.
This is also a test for Ross, against City, Palace he thrived on open space and looked very good. Against Bournemouth on Saturday he has a much harder task, can he dictate the play?
I'd leave Ross out and let Gana anchor the midfield, Davies and Schneiderlin can get us up the pitch.
Holgate comes back in and straight back on the horse, when we play a flat back four both full backs are neutered.
We are neither going up or down with a conservative approach, intrinsic to Koeman. The only way we will catch anyone above us is to go for it now we have enough points to end 7th.