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Everton's Seamus Coleman staying cool after Middlesbrough victory

Everton 3 Middlesbrough 1

By Carl Markham

Unbeaten Everton have made their best start to a season in 38 years and while fans may be getting carried away, defender Seamus Coleman insists the players cannot.

A come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough made it four wins in five matches, equalling the 13-point haul of the 1978-79 season.

That campaign brought a top-four success and while the Toffees would settle for that now after back-to-back 11th-placed finishes, Coleman said the team will not get complacent, nor will new boss Ronald Koeman.

"You would rather this start than what we've had the past couple of seasons," said the Republic of Ireland international, back on the scoresheet with Everton's second against Boro.

Maarten Stekelenburg had scored an own goal before Gareth Barry, on his 600th Premier League appearance, equalised. Romelu Lukaku netted a third,

"Winning games breeds confidence and going into the next one we will feel we can win that.

"We're not looking to the end of the season and where we can finish. We're looking to the next game and to go into the international break with two more wins.

"Ronald Koeman expects people to work hard, he expects his forwards to work hard, and expects the best from everyone."

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