English Premiership

Koeman: Winless run made us nervous

2016-10-31 09:14
Ronald Koeman (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits he had some stern words with his players at halftime before two goals after the interval gave them a 2-0 victory against West Ham in a Premier League clash on Sunday.

After a goalless opening stanza, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley struck to give the Toffees their first win in four games, a run which Koeman says played a part in their lackluster first half display.

"We were struggling a little bit after the last few results and had a little bit of doubt on the pitch, looking a bit nervous," the Everton mentor told Sky Sports

"The second half was different. It was a higher tempo and we were better at pressing. We deserved to win.

"The first goal gave us that confidence to play good football - that was the important moment.

"[At half-time] I asked my players why we are doubting. We're playing at home, of course we know they are on a good run, but believe, have more confidence and go for it, and that was really the difference in the first and second half."

Everton will hope to continue on the winning trail when they travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea on November 5.

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