I would have made 10 subs, rages Everton boss
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 21:11
The 30-year-old has featured in just 12 league games this term although he did manage to keep a clean sheet in Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Everton after being reinstalled to the starting line-up.
Everton's struggles on the road continued at London Stadium, with West Ham restricting Ronald Koeman's side to few chances and having the better of proceedings throughout. Manager Slaven Bilic said that the team focused their energy on stopping the supply to Lukaku and forcing the rest of the team to find ways to score goals instead.
"I think it was a good point for us against a top team. We've got a young squad and our young players will learn from this". I couldn't change four, five, six or seven.
"So the whole team, the three at the back, did a really awesome job on him". Especially if you are talking about how solid we were, how composed we were, how we kept the shape.
"They did brilliantly, I told them to be proud of themselves and to use this pattern as a motivation to boost their confidence for the remainder of the season".
Koeman didn't pull any punches after Everton extended their dismal away form, admitting he would have liked to make 10 changes at half-time.
"I'm disappointed by the performance. However, what pleases me is the performance and we move on to the next game". It's not an excuse but we will learn from this experience and we need to do better. (We) took too much time - in my opinion if you start a game like this, it's always hard to change.
"I'm not anxious, because it's possible, it's football". We were not the team that we can be. A lot of ball possession, too many players in the centre position of the midfield. High-flying Everton came to the London Stadium, and everyone seemed to assume that Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and the other attacking players at Everton would walk all over the Hammers defense.