Koe­man asks for more

Tof­fees man­ager de­mands im­prove­ment from his un­beaten Ever­ton

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - LON­DON /

Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man is not one to get car­ried away so it was un­sur­pris­ing that he re­acted to their best ever start to a Pre­mier League sea­son by fo­cus­ing on where they needed to im­prove.

Ever­ton made light work of pro­moted Mid­dles­brough on Satur­day, fight­ing back from go­ing be­hind to win 3-1, with mid­fielder Gareth Barry mark­ing his 600th Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance with a goal.

Fur­ther ef­forts from Sea­mus Cole­man and Romelu Lukaku wrapped up a vic­tory that lifted un­beaten Ever­ton back into sec­ond in the ta­ble af­ter five games.

They are two points off lead­ers Manch­ester City, but Koe­man, who ar­rived from Southamp­ton in the close sea­son, is de­mand­ing more from his play­ers.

“They need to run more and they need to press more and then you make it dif­fi­cult for your op­po­nent,” he told the BBC.

The Dutch­man has led a swift turn­around in Ever­ton’s for­tunes af­ter they fin­ished last sea­son in dis­mal fash­ion, win­ning once in 10 league games be­fore for­mer man­ager Roberto Martinez was sacked.

Koe­man has now won four straight league games fol­low­ing their draw with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on the open­ing week­end.

“First it’s a good start in re­sults and in points, but the most im­por­tant thing is the way we got the points,” Koe­man said.

“You see the re­ac­tion of the fans, they like it how we play.

“The team is more ag­gres­sive than it was, that’s what we like to be in foot­ball.”

Barry scored on his 600th Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance.

The hosts trailed af­ter keeper Maarten Steke­len­burg par­ried the ball into his own goal un­der a heavy chal­lenge from Al­varo Ne­gredo in the 21st minute but were level three min­utes later when Barry marked his mile­stone with a goal.

Cole­man gave Ever­ton the lead three min­utes be­fore half­time when he danced past two Mid­dles­brough de­fend­ers and passed the ball into the net and just be­fore the break Romelu Lukaku con­verted a Yan­nick Bo­lasie cross.

The vic­tory moved Koe­man’s side on to 13 points and gave the Dutch­man the best five-game start to a Pre­mier League sea­son by any Ever­ton man­ager.

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