The Toffees finished their home programme for the current season with their 13th win at Goodison Park in 19 fixtures and their best points return since the 1989/90 campaign when they played two more games.
Ross Barkley netted the only goal as Everton narrowly beat the Hornets 1-0 and, not for the first time this season, the manager was left to bemoan another flat first-half performance.
“The first half wasn't good and we did not have that intensity," Koeman said afterwards. "We did not make it difficult for Watford. The second half was much better. There was more aggression on the pitch.
“We could have scored more than Ross's goal. Watford created only one chance during 95 minutes in the game, so it was a well-deserved win tonight.
“We have a fantastic home record - forty-three points at home with 13 wins out of 19, is really good.
“We are proud of the performances because what you like is to be strong at home. We lost some away games unnecessarily and we know in the situations we need to improve, but let's keep up this home record because that is a lot of points.”
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1 Posted 13/05/2017 at 06:49:32
2 Posted 13/05/2017 at 09:24:42
Exciting summer ahead.
3 Posted 13/05/2017 at 11:07:04
4 Posted 13/05/2017 at 11:18:00
The home form is down to the players.
The away form is down to the manager. 😀
5 Posted 13/05/2017 at 12:55:11
6 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:17:21
7 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:28:27
£6 mill a year, Ron? Easy money with NO reward... You can't even beat the RS!
8 Posted 13/05/2017 at 15:21:27
Even two more away wins and a draw to add to the fantastic home record, seven more points we'd have been bang in the mix.
9 Posted 13/05/2017 at 15:41:43
We have amassed 43 points from the home games but only 18 points from the 17 away games played. Notable to see the points lost at home are the usual suspects with citteh and gunners the exception.
I can't see us adding to away points tally as we have a poor record at the gunners, but I live in hope. The away points tally needs to improve especially against the clubs above us.
10 Posted 13/05/2017 at 20:44:07
First and foremost, I think the away form needs to improve against the teams below us. The failure to beat the likes of Swansea, Middlesbrough, Hull and Watford on their own pitches has been costly. Yes, it would be great to get a win at one or two of the big clubs but we need to start mopping up points from more of the weaker ones next season.
The worrying thing is how our away form has deteriorated during the course of the season. We took six points from the first two games at WBA and Sunderland. In the following 16 matches, we have taken only 12 points which would be relegation form but for our excellent home record.
11 Posted 13/05/2017 at 20:53:44
12 Posted 13/05/2017 at 23:32:39
Yes, our away form is worrying but you still have to give credit where it's due. That is some statistic, like Koeman or not.
Well done to the coaching staff and players. A big turnaround from the previous lot. Long may it continue.
Or am I in trouble of being labelled a ' Pro-Koemanite'? Sad really.
13 Posted 13/05/2017 at 23:38:45
14 Posted 13/05/2017 at 23:45:17
And no Eugene, it wasn't me!!
15 Posted 14/05/2017 at 00:34:02
16 Posted 14/05/2017 at 02:40:19
Only Man City and Arsenal are games I remember as a visceral tubthumbing kind of win.
No wins in the Premier League are easy so fair dos... decent but not memorable, is that fair? Maybe.
Function over artistry, power over creativity.
17 Posted 14/05/2017 at 07:56:06
Of course, next season it will come, as it always will preseason!
18 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:33:48
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