Paul Pogba celebrates Sunderland win with Romelu Lukaku

Ronald Koeman tempered praise for Ross Barkley by repeating his warning that Everton will look to sell the England global in the summer if he refuses to sign a new contract.

But Barkley's deal expires one year sooner in 2018 and Koeman concedes there will be little Everton can do but cash in on the 23-year-old if he does not commit his future to the club soon.

"We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really good football between the lines".

" Everton have some very good offensive players but in general it was the set plays that were the most disappointing because ultimately they have won the game on two of those", he said.

However, it now appears that Sunderland are interested in signing the goalkeeper, with David Moyes looking for a new stopper with Jordan Pickford expected to join one of the Premier League big boys in the summer after a hugely impressive campaign.

The Everton manager was pleased that Lukaku and Barkley were able to show their class and make the difference for his team in games like this.

"It is simple, it is not so hard in my opinion".

But if that sort of revival is going to happen at the Stadium of Light too, then there are a number of issues that need to be sorted out.

"I don't think so at all".

But Leicester, much changed before Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final at Atletico Madrid, never looked comfortable.

They thought they had it under Allardyce - I remember speaking to Black Cats players John O'Shea and Lee Cattermole after they had beaten Everton on the penultimate weekend of last season when they had just secured their Premier League safety.

The Leicester boss reiterated that captain Wes Morgan would not feature in Madrid due to a back problem, but stressed Wilfried Ndidi's absence because of a groin strain was precautionary. "We have to start again and go another run".

Aside from that nine-game stretch by Palace in 1995, two other teams have gone seven games without a goal - Ipswich, also in 1995, and Derby in 2007.

"The club has been in poor positions before and we have to see if we can get out of another poor position".

"The team selection was made to try to get three points".

  • Julie Sanders