Ronald Koeman was unmistakably annoyed at his team's second-half performance in the first leg of their Europa League playoff against Hajduk Split this evening.
Even though Everton won 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Michael Keane and Idrissa Gueye, the Dutchman said they made next week's second leg unnecessarily difficult by not maintaining the same level after half time which might have yielded more goals.
“I'm really happy about the first half and really unhappy about the second," Koeman is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo from his post-match press conference. "I think we lost a big opportunity to score more goals today and decide the qualification.
"The way how we dropped the tempo in the second half... I don't think our opponents made it more difficult, it was us.
“We dropped the tempo, we did not swap sides as fast as we did in the first half and we even had some good chances. We have to realise that Hajduk got two or three good chances to make it 2-1 and we were lucky.
“It's not about [needing] a striker, it's about the tempo of the game," he continued. "In the second half we didn't play to the maximum.
“We did it to ourselves by dropping the tempo. It's not about players or strikers; it's about intensity and how we need to play.
“If you are 2-0 up in a Premier League game then we know it's three points but this is two games and with a better result it would have been easier. It will be difficult now."
Having been kept at bay in the first half Hajduk became more adventurous in the second, forcing three saves from Jordan Pickford in front of the Park End.
Everton preserved the clean sheet, however, and avoided conceding an early goal that would have complicated their task in Split next Thursday.
Reader Comments (32)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 18/08/2017 at 03:34:11
But I don't think the lack of a third goal will cost us. The defense remains solid and Split isn't exactly bursting with talent.
2 Posted 18/08/2017 at 05:43:09
And if that is the case, then withdrawing Schneiderlin was only one persons fault, his.
He got the balance right as you said, and with the game going only one way should have kept him on. He is good enough to get through games on a card and it was his long diagonals that we're doing the damage.. Davies never came close to replicating that.
So irked he maybe but the players did fine, and credit to Koeman himself for the blended side he picked.
Blooding Lookmn in this competition and keeping back in the premier league is the right tactic.
Almost a touch of praise there from me for the manager, warranted and I'm encouraged.
3 Posted 18/08/2017 at 05:51:09
Unless we've been specifically told it was due to the card and I missed it?
4 Posted 18/08/2017 at 06:57:38
5 Posted 18/08/2017 at 07:32:41
6 Posted 18/08/2017 at 07:33:06
7 Posted 18/08/2017 at 07:56:49
8 Posted 18/08/2017 at 08:04:35
There was a better blend of defensive and attacking players in midfield which allowed greater width to be used to good effect. Lookman was a constant thorn in their side not only with his running but also his pressing after losing the ball. Klaassen gelled better with Rooney but I would like to see him in the box-to-box roll he fulfilled with Ajax.
We now need to get Sigurdsson fit and get a new striker in, talk this morning of Costa on loan, somehow cannot see this. I also don't see Martina as an answer, although he didn't put a foot wrong the attack tends to stop when the ball arrives at his feet.
9 Posted 18/08/2017 at 08:40:47
10 Posted 18/08/2017 at 08:41:33
12 Posted 18/08/2017 at 09:21:35
Jordan Pickford is looking the real deal , and played the best pass of the night.!
13 Posted 18/08/2017 at 09:22:40
14 Posted 18/08/2017 at 09:23:36
15 Posted 18/08/2017 at 09:25:11
The last twenty minutes I was bored out of my skull again, some good performances in the first half which had me hoping we would see this tie finished at Goodison, but then they just sat back and relaxed, hope it doesn't go tits up over there.
16 Posted 18/08/2017 at 09:28:59
His long passing was magnificent and if it had been creasehead the papers would be raving about him.
The key last night was width- first time this season we had two wide players which made the long cross field passes possible and therefore we could play a varied game.
I think Keith is a bit harsh re Martina- I thought he had a fine game.
17 Posted 18/08/2017 at 09:35:24
Very encouraging signs last night.
And yes we are getting there.
18 Posted 18/08/2017 at 10:04:44
20 Posted 18/08/2017 at 10:19:34
I was pleased with the involvement of Klaassen; I thought his pressing was excellent. He will come good.
Overall, a positive game and result. COYB
21 Posted 18/08/2017 at 11:00:40
22 Posted 18/08/2017 at 11:07:48
Forgot to mention on other threads, because I'm no negative that some of the long diagonal passing from several players was outstanding.
24 Posted 18/08/2017 at 12:31:55
25 Posted 18/08/2017 at 12:39:05
26 Posted 18/08/2017 at 13:57:15
27 Posted 18/08/2017 at 14:28:31
28 Posted 18/08/2017 at 14:44:35
But on the whole, the side was excellent first half last night.
The green shoots are starting to appear, let's hope we get one or two class additions in soon.
29 Posted 18/08/2017 at 15:00:25
30 Posted 18/08/2017 at 15:09:23
32 Posted 18/08/2017 at 18:02:59
They are liking what they are seeing re the development of a squad and the potential, with a couple of additions, that we will be challenging come the business end of the season.
33 Posted 18/08/2017 at 18:10:10
As for Lookman, give me a break. The kid is class. Ok, still a bit naive but he also needs to be a regular starter to iron out a few kinks he still has.
34 Posted 18/08/2017 at 18:17:01
Not good really knowing you need to keep a sub back, if we get an early knock it restricts the options. Similar with Tom he needs to be nurtured in his first season.
35 Posted 18/08/2017 at 20:22:10
36 Posted 19/08/2017 at 01:42:13
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.