Koe­man ad­mits lay­ing into Ever­ton play­ers to spark come­back draw against Swansea

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY JOE BERNSTEIN/

Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man ad­mit­ted he’d needed to lay into his play­ers at half-time be­fore they res­cued a point at Good­i­son Park against lowly Swansea City.

Koe­man was in­censed that the play­ers who were thrashed 5-0 at Chelsea be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break had failed to re­spond against The Swans and trailed 1-0 at the in­ter­val to a Gylfi Sig­urds­son penalty.

Af­ter the ral­ly­ing call, Ever­ton im­proved and equalised in the last minute through Sea­mus Cole­man.

“I was not calm at half-time,” ad­mit­ted Koe­man. “We spoke be­fore the game about what hap­pened to us at Chelsea and that we needed to press, play ag­gres­sively and make things dif­fi­cult for Swansea.”

“But that didn’t hap­pen so I was an­gry. We saw the re­ac­tion in the sec­ond half, but not in the first half. Maybe it’s bet­ter for me to be an­gry be­fore the game!

Over­all, Koe­man was pleased with the re­sponse from his side who none­the­less failed to over­take Manch­ester United into the top six.

“I think we de­served the equaliser. Not how we played in the first half, I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed with that, but from the start of the sec­ond half.”

/REUTERS

Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man.

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