Belfast Telegraph

Koeman praises Everton's attitude

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton

By Declan Warrington

Ronald Koeman has praised Everton for succeeding amid the growing expectations that came as a consequence of last week's 4-0 defeat of Manchester City.

Saturday's 1-0 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace represented their third from four games, as well as a continuation of the high standards demonstrated when the surprise performance against City brought the best result of Koeman's managerial reign.

"If you beat City, with that big result, everybody expected the same result (at Palace), but in some ways it was more difficult than last week.

"Difficult opponents. Strong physically, and I am really proud and pleased with the win because the attitude was perfect and after last week it is fantastic.

"(Schneiderlin on the bench is) what we like to have: that competition. He is normally a player who likes to start but it was not fair to drop a player who played last week."

The three points were secured despite a resilient performance from Palace that suggested they are both gradually growing in belief and adjusting to new manager Sam Allardyce's methods.

Their goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was particularly impressive but he said Coleman's late winning goal had left them feeling "devastated".

"It's not like we're not creating chances or anything like that," said the 29-year-old. "It's just not running for us at the moment and hopefully that can change."

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