Everton beat Watford 1-0 yesterday to end the home portion of the season’s schedule on a high, with nine wins in ten games. After the game, the manager Ronald Koeman spoke about his happiness with the Blues’ home record.
“The first half wasn’t good and we did not have that intensity. We did not make it difficult for Watford. The second half was much better - there was more aggression on the pitch.
“We could have scored more than Ross’ goal. Watford created only one chance during 95 minutes in the game, so it was a well-deserved win tonight.
“We have a fantastic home record - forty-three points at home with 13 wins out of 19, is really good.
“We are proud of the performances [at Goodison Park] because what you like is to be strong at home. We lost some away games unnecessarily and we know in the situations we need to improve, but let’s keep up this home record because that is a lot of points.”
Ross Barkley’s future remains up in the air with Koeman having given him just over a week to decide if he wants to be a Blue.
"That’s what we like from players like Ross. In the first half we also had opportunities like this but we needed to play a little bit faster.
“Left and right, Ross is a player with a good shot. We need more productivity from midfield and our attackers, but he showed today what we like to see.”
Also coming in for praise was on-loan Enner Valencia, whose second half performance sparked the Blues.
“He’s that different kind of player, full of running who makes it difficult for defenders. We needed that type of player to make the game more open.”
Tom Davies also did well yesterday, and Koeman had some compliments for the teenager.
“Tom can play out of different positions. I still think the midfield role is his best position but he showed in the second half that he can play as a right full-back.
“He did well. We improved offensively in second half on the right-hand side.
“At one moment in the game he tried to do the same thing he did against Manchester City when he scored, but you can’t do that as a right full-back.
“But he’s young and he will learn that. I told him and he will understand and not make that mistake again.”