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Barkley last night was the player we expect - Koeman

Everton manager satisfied with midfielder’s performance

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Ross Barkley celebrates
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Everton manager Ronald Koeman spoke well about Ross Barkley’s performance as his header tied the game for the second time and saved the Blues’ blushes.

“I hope that goal really gives Ross a boost. He was that player tonight what we expect in his position.

“We spoke about to be more dangerous in front of the goal and to have better offensive movements and he was really important in the final part of attacking and scored an important goal for 2-2 in the second half.

“He was dangerous and was that player we need to have that better support for our strikers.”

Koeman was also asked if this would help cement his position in the squad.

“I try to always start with the best XI and sometimes it can be a tactical question or reason that somebody is not starting.

“Okay we need productivity and normally we don't create a lot of opportunities but tonight we created a lot and that is one of the positives we take from tonight.”

Everton’s continuous slow starts is getting to be frustrating for the team and the fans too.

“You like to score first because then maybe you're a little bit more comfortable. In the first half we took risks to have many players in front of the ball and that's sometimes dangerous.

“In that way if you score first you're in a little bit more comfortable situation but now you need to create, you need to run more and play offensively with more risk than if you're in front.”