Koeman pleased with 'fantastic' home record

Friday 12 May 2017  18 Comments  [Jump to last]

Ronald Koeman admitted that he wanted more from his side against Watford today but expressed his satisfaction with Everton's best home record for 27 years.

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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Dermot Byrne
1 Posted 13/05/2017 at 06:49:32
My view of the boss has gone up and down this season. I think overall he could be good but wonder about head coach. Who is instilling fire? Maybe Koeman with Unsy as head coach could solve that?
Liam Reilly
2 Posted 13/05/2017 at 09:24:42
13 wins out of19 with that squad in that league is pretty good; especially after what we witnessed at Goodison for the past two seasons.

Exciting summer ahead.


Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 13/05/2017 at 11:07:04
And where should the credit for the home record be conferred and where that of the away form?
John G Davies
4 Posted 13/05/2017 at 11:18:00
Alan J.

The home form is down to the players.
The away form is down to the manager. 😀

Danny Broderick
5 Posted 13/05/2017 at 12:55:11
I think we know where we need to improve next season. Our away form, and the attacking midfield/wide positions...
Ross Edwards
6 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:17:21
Great that Goodison is a fortress again, although you can't help thinking that, with a much better return away from home, we'd be right in the top 4 fight now.
Matthew Williams
7 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:28:27
Yeah... but the away & Cup record is a fucking disgrace.

£6 mill a year, Ron? Easy money with NO reward... You can't even beat the RS!

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 13/05/2017 at 15:21:27
Spot on Ross!

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.

James Hughes
9 Posted 13/05/2017 at 15:41:43
I have to agree with Ross, nice to see Goodison is a difficult place to visit again for the opposition.

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.

John Raftery
10 Posted 13/05/2017 at 20:44:07
James (#9),

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.

Colin Glassar
11 Posted 13/05/2017 at 20:53:44
Scary record, John. Must greatly improve next season.
Dan Davies
12 Posted 13/05/2017 at 23:32:39
I'm thinking our best home record for 27 years is being undervalued and ignored on TW for some reason.

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.

Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 13/05/2017 at 23:38:45
Vaguely on topic since we are talking about "home" but I was watching footage of games from the '70s. There was a big arc cut into the terracing behind both goals. What was that all about? When did they do that and why?
Phil Bellis
14 Posted 13/05/2017 at 23:45:17
Kieran, I take it you don't play darts?

And no Eugene, it wasn't me!!

Eugene Ruane
15 Posted 14/05/2017 at 00:34:02
Should have kept the 'Please refrain from throwing missiles' arcs; soon as you saw them on telly, you knew – Goodison!
John Pierce
16 Posted 14/05/2017 at 02:40:19
My cup should be runneth over with 13 wins, but left me wanting a bit more.

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.

Dermot Byrne
17 Posted 14/05/2017 at 07:56:06
I know what you mean, John. I think it may go back to all the new owner, stadium and dreams. We expected jazzy football. But maybe so injuries got in way.

Of course, next season it will come, as it always will preseason!

Darren Hind
18 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:33:48
Sounds disturbingly similar to a recent Sean Dyche interview I heard.

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