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Koeman praises Wayne's impact but admits draw is disappointing


Speaking out: Ronald Koeman and the fourth official

Speaking out: Ronald Koeman and the fourth official

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Speaking out: Ronald Koeman and the fourth official

Everton boss Ronald Koeman paid tribute to Wayne Rooney but was left disappointed as his side conceded a late equaliser against 10-man Manchester City.

Rooney netted his 200th Premier League goal after 35 minutes before Kyle Walker saw red on his home debut for City just before half-time.

City pushed for the equaliser with 10 men in the second half and eventually found it when substitute Raheem Sterling volleyed home to secure a 1-1 draw.

Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was also sent off in a frenetic finish at the Etihad Stadium and Koeman had mixed feelings after the game.

The Toffees boss said: "We're disappointed. Of course, maybe you will sign for that point before the game, but (we were) 1-0 up at half-time and 11 against 10.

"We had problems with keeping the ball and we played the long ball too quickly. We worked really hard for the result and one point is a good result."

The performance of Rooney, who also scored in the 1-0 victory over Stoke in Everton's first game of the Premier League season, impressed Koeman.

The Dutchman added: "In the first game when we played Stoke at home, there was a difference between him and the rest about cleverness in the game, view of the game and also tonight he had a big impact on the final result."

Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the line well for the visitors but, despite the 20-year-old's fine showing, Koeman revealed he is still in the market for a striker.

"Maybe he had one of his best games tonight," said Koeman of Calvert-Lewin. "He made it really difficult for the defenders of City with his pace, his strength and his headers. He showed that number nine is his best position, but he's a great young guy."

Asked if he had finished his business in the transfer window, Koeman said: "I hope not.

"We are looking for a left-footed central defender, maybe a back-up for Leighton (Baines).

"That's an option, and also a striker - even with the talent of Dominic and (Sandro) Ramirez. If we want to make the next step we need a striker as well."

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola, who takes his side to play Bournemouth on Saturday, refused to be drawn on Walker's sending off.

"Next question please," said the City manager. "I want to be in Bournemouth."

However, the former Barcelona manager admitted he was delighted with the performance.

Guardiola added: "It is one of the proudest days in my life to see how we've done, the way we've done it, 10 against 11.

"It was a good performance, it was similar to last season when we played them here (a 1-1 draw in October).

"We created the chances but didn't finish. We have to keep trying to create the chances.

"We have done everything, I don't know how many chances we created, I don't know how many chances they created with 10 versus 11."

Belfast Telegraph