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Ronald Koeman predicts strong Everton reaction to thrashing at Chelsea

Published 18/11/2016

Ronald Koeman's Everton were thrashed 5-0 at Chelsea in their last outing.
Ronald Koeman's Everton were thrashed 5-0 at Chelsea in their last outing.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman feels the "unacceptable" performance at Chelsea was a major step in the wrong direction for his side but he expects a positive reaction against Swansea.

After the Toffees ended a four-match winless run in the Premier League by beating West Ham 2-0 at home, they were brought back down to earth in their last outing as they crashed to a 5-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

Koeman saw fault in "every aspect" of the team's display but believes his players shared the disappointment, and he is looking ahead to Saturday's Goodison Park contest against the second-bottom Swans in an optimistic mood.

The Dutchman, whose side are currently seventh, said of the November 5 game at Chelsea in which Everton were 3-0 down by half-time: "That was unacceptable.

"You can lose, but not in the way we lost, even against a Chelsea side as strong as they were that day. We made it too easy for them.

"I hate losing, but we can lose a game - we are not that quality that we will win always. But it's about the way how you lose a game, and that was not the way.

"It was a big step back that we showed, in every aspect of football - in intensity, in defending, in running, in quality on the ball.

"We need to improve, because that is not the team I like to see. But I'm really optimistic that we will get a very good reaction on Saturday.

"It is always about the personality of the team, the players. We're playing at home and we're strong at home, and we have to show that again, and that what happened maybe can happen one day, but not more.

"I have seen they understand the disappointment of what happened at Chelsea."

Everton defender Ashley Williams, who joined from Swansea over the summer, is set to come up against his former employers for the first time since the move.

Williams was with the Welsh club for eight years, skippering them for the latter part of that time, and Koeman admits the 32-year-old's knowledge of the opposition will be useful.

Regarding Williams facing his old side, Koeman said: "That is always special for players.

"He played a long time for Swansea and was really important - he was their captain, and of course, he has a lot of respect.

"He can give some good info about them. He is now an Everton player and I'm happy that we have him on Saturday in a blue shirt and not a white one."

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