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16 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Ronald Koeman

Everton manager Ronald Koeman felt his side showed a lot of determination to claim a point against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty earned the Toffees a point and Koeman felt his side were rewarded for their persistence.

He told evertontv, “I said to the players, ‘if you show this belief and commitment in every game, you will get the luck on your side,’ and that is how we need to continue.

“We showed great character from the beginning of the game – and even when we were in difficult situations.

“In the last 15 minutes of the first half, we lost a bit of control in the game and even after going 1-0 down, where maybe there was a bit of a lack of confidence and we were perhaps afraid to lose the game, we showed great character to come back.

“With a bit more luck we could have won it – but that was not for today, maybe next week.”

The Dutchman praised the coolness that Rooney showed to score the spot-kick, but was disappointed with the way his team conceded Anthony Knockaert’s opener.

“Taking a penalty is not a really difficult job, but with the time in the game, and the situation, it was really tough. Wayne was really calm and cool in that situation.

“His experience and world-class ability showed, as he was able to keep his calm in that situation.

“At 1-1 it is a different picture. We did not deserve to lose the game, and we played a few moments in the game really well.

“In the second half, we were the better team and had the better chances – and we could have had a penalty at 0-0.

“But it was poor defending for their goal. You need to stay on your feet, but Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] and Morgan [Schneiderlin] did not.

“We need to defend those situations better, because it was like Burnley’s goal a couple of weeks ago. It was too easy.”

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