Ronald Koeman praises ‘perfect’ performance as Everton return to winning ways

first_imgEverton boss Ronald Koeman praised his side’s ‘perfect’ second-half performance as they ended their four-match winless run in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against West Ham.In talkSPORT’s live commentary game, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring five minutes after the break, with Ross Barkley adding Everton’s second in the 76th minute to make sure of the points.It puts the Merseysiders up to sixth, five points behind leaders Manchester City.“It was a difficult, difficult game,” Koeman told talkSPORT.“First half, I think it was not good enough and we missed some confidence in the team after a few results in the last few weeks. But in the second half we showed more composure, were more aggressive and the pressing was better.“The first [goal] after half-time brought that confidence to the team and finally we had good defending and good chances to score more goals and the team performance in the second half was very good.”After a goalless first half at Goodison, Koeman revealed how he urged his side to come out of their shell to get their first Premier League victory since mid-September.“I asked why we were doubting – we need to go for it when we play at home. You have the support of the fans and you have to show that and need to do more pressing and keep a higher line defensively. That was the difference and key point to turn around and get that final result.“Players like [Bryan] Oviedo, [Ramiro] Funes Mori and Joel [Robles] showed if there is a problem we have good players not playing regularly this season and showed the importance today.”He added: “It’s always difficult and you need to show when you get the chance. The whole team performance was perfect.”last_img

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