Ronald Koeman: “We deserved the win”

Everton boss Ronald Koeman declared that he felt his side were deserved winners on Tuesday night against Arsenal, despite having been run ragged in the opening 20 minutes of the contest.

Everton, who had fallen behind to an Alexis Sanchez freekick, drew level on the stroke of half-time through Seamus Coleman’s header, before another header from a defender – Ashley Williams – in the 86th minute sealed the win for the Toffees.

Koeman told BBC Sport after the game, “The first 20 minutes, that was really poor. We were very nervous and unsure. Every ball back. Mistakes and no aggression. After that we played face to face and showed unbelievable spirit to come back and we deserved the win. We were lucky in the last situation but we played great football and the support of the fans, it makes Goodison Park really difficult to beat us here.

“Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we start so poorly at the beginning. Of course there is some lack of confidence but show your personality. We showed big personality,” he concluded.

In another interview, this time with BT Sport, Koeman added, “We showed two faces. The first face I hate that face because it is all about being nervous. You cannot lose the game like that. This was a good match though because we showed how we have to play – with commitment and aggression. You see the reaction of the crowd when you go for it and that’s what we did.

“On Monday, the game against Liverpool is of course a totally different situation now we go with three points in the pocket. We know we are strong at home and still unbeaten. If we play with the passion we showed tonight we will do well. We will learn from this match, it was a great result.”

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