Saturday 19 January 2019

Koeman tells squad to move on from City win

Morgan Schneiderlin. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Morgan Schneiderlin. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Ronald Koeman has told his players to forget their heroics against Manchester City as they prepare to take on struggling Crystal Palace today.

Everton produced one of the results of the season so far last Sunday when they romped to a 4-0 win against Pep Guardiola's side.

After enduring a shaky run of form, the Toffees have won four of their last six Premier League games and are currently the best of the rest behind the top six.

Palace, in contrast, are outside the relegation zone on goal difference only and Sam Allardyce is still looking for his first win in the league since taking over as manager.

Allardyce claimed his first victory at the sixth attempt in the FA Cup in midweek, with Palace winning their third-round replay against Bolton 2-1.

Koeman said: "I think with his experience he is the right man in the right position.

"It's always difficult for a new manager coming to a new place during the season. You need time, maybe they are struggling a little bit but they still have good players, they still are physically a strong team, they're strong at home.

"I think it was really important for them to win the game last Tuesday against Bolton and we will see."

The City result left Koeman with problems of his own - namely how best to juggle the resources at his disposal. New signings Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman came off the bench, with the latter marking his debut with a goal.

"We have some positions in the team maybe with a little bit more competition than in other positions. We have players back from injury like James McCarthy, we have new signings like Morgan and Lookman, and we have competition with the goalkeepers," Koeman said.

"That's what you want as a manager. After that you need to make decisions."

Everton's form has seen them close to within seven points of the top six, and they have a four-point gap to the chasing pack behind.


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