English Premiership

Koeman left frustrated by late City equaliser

2017-08-22 08:43
Ronald Koeman (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everton manager Ronald Koeman was left frustrated following his side’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday night.

The Merseysiders took the lead through Wayne Rooney in the 35th minute at the Etihad only to be pegged back late on by Raheem Sterling’s late volley.

Koeman was unhappy that the Toffees had failed to hold on for three points.

"We go to City it is always tough the way they play but I think the game plan was perfect," he said in the post match press conference. "We had a good defensive organisation. We left Otamendi on the ball. We had good man-marking against De Bruyne and Silva.

"With the quality they have they will always create chances. We scored the goal and disappointed now, 1-0 up and 11 against 10. We did one wrong thing in the second half. We played too much the long ball instead of play short.

"That is a criticism of everyone on the pitch, not the defenders. Even with one less players on the pitch City that high quality team they will create and they will play. It is a good point, happy, we worked hard for that point."

Asked to comment on Rooney, who became only the second player to score 200 goals in the Premier League, he said: "I am not surprised about Wayne Rooney."

"I know how eager he was to come back to Everton. We are really happy that he is back.

"In the first game when we played Stoke at home, there was a difference between him and the rest about cleverness in the game, view of the game and also tonight he had a big impact on the final result."

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