Koeman admits laying into Everton players to spark comeback draw against Swansea
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.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman.