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Friday 20 October 2017

Coleman - 'Time to kick on now'

Ireland skipper wants Goodison repeat against Liverpool

Everton's James McCarthy and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil clash
Everton's James McCarthy and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil clash
Everton's Seamus Coleman

Everton defender Seamus Coleman hopes their confidence-boosting win over Arsenal will prove to be a turning point in their season.

The Toffees came from behind to win 2-1, only their second victory in 11 Premier League matches, and halted what was becoming a downward spiral of falling morale and poor results.

Having taken just two points from their last five matches it was imperative to stop the slide ahead of the busy festive period, especially with the Merseyside derby up next at Goodison Park on Monday.

"I hope it's a turning point. It is important that in the next game we play, the derby, we show the same passion," Coleman told evertontv.

"We need to show that in every game this season. It is such a tough league that if you switch off for a minute or aren't on your game from the start then you will be punished.

"It was important that we put in a performance where afterwards we could go home and look in the mirror no matter what the result. It is something that we haven't been doing of late and we came together as a team and spoke about how we can put things right.

"Against Arsenal that was the Everton I know and the Everton of old out there."

By the end Goodison was bouncing as Ronald Koeman's side maintained their unbeaten home league record dating back to March, when Arsenal were the winners, but that was an exception rather than the norm.

Hindrance

The crowd has been a hindrance rather than a help more often but while Coleman recognises it has been difficult watching at times he stressed how important it was to have the whole ground backing the team.

"We understand the fans' frustration when performances aren't good enough," he added.

"We are frustrated as well. We are doing all that we can to win games at this football club.

"It is important that we all stick together because, when Goodison is rocking like that, it is definitely a 12th man out there and that makes it difficult for teams to come here."

Everton's success lay in their ability to change the tempo and maintain it at a high level for the final 20 minutes of each half.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will keep faith with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for the clash with Everton and denies bowing to public pressure after dropping Loris Karius for Wednesday night's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Klopp said: "I know how strong Loris Karius is and unfortunately he couldn't show it in the last two, three or four games. I'm not interested in public pressure but I am interested in the boy and there is no reason to push him through the situation.

"There's no reason, especially when you have a goalkeeper like Simon Mignolet in training and on the bench who is a really good goalkeeper. There's no reason to push Loris through and that's why we made the change quite early, and that's all.

"I'm really happy with our goalkeeping situation. Loris is very young and a great talent and everything will be very good in the end but there is no time-frame for when he will be back."

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