Koeman praises hero Oumar Niasse for Everton win

Posted September 24, 2017

But for Barry, "running out on a Saturday afternoon in the Premier League" is what he's always enjoyed doing and he didn't feel like he would be able to get close enough to that by staying at Goodison Park.

If you had asked Everton fans at this point previous year how they felt about Oumar Niasse, some of them would have even gone as far as to suggest that he was the worst striker to have played for the club.

Former England captain Rooney began the season brightly, scoring twice in his opening two league games after returning to his boyhood club from Manchester United. Supporters were pointing out quite rightly that his side were playing without wingers and looking feeble up front, and when Niasse came on it appeared more an act of desperation than a likely path to salvation. It was a sharp through-ball from Davies that set Niasse up for his well-taken first goal, and the same combination struck again when the victor arrived five minutes later. The four Premier League games played between the two sides have produced 19 goals, so this one is also expected to be a game full of goals.

Asmir Begovic saved Niasse's initial header but the rebound fell perfectly for the forward to steer home.

Meanwhile, free-scoring Manchester City added to Crystal Palace's mounting misery with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, a result that sent Pep Guardiola's men top of the Premier League.

Maarten Stekelenburg starts in goal with Joel Robles named in a squad for the first time this season.

- Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) September 23, 2017So this just happened to Wayne Rooney and Martin Atkinson let play carry on while he was on the floor.

Those injuries will affect the Everton XI for Thursday night's Europa League match at home against Apollon. I have found Everton to be like Sunderland, from the point of view that it is a family-orientated club with a huge fanbase and a passionate following. We were good with the ball and created a number of chances, especially in the second half.

Tom Ince gave Sean Dyche's side rare cause for concern early in the second half, but the visitors were largely content to remain compact as they recorded a third league draw.

Andrew Surman collected Ibe's return pass to equalise midway through the second half before former Liverpool winger Ibe slid through a clever ball for Jermain Defoe to lash home the victor - his first goal for the club since signing in the summer.

Swansea will need to pick themselves up for the trip to West Ham next weekend, while Watford will look to build on their impressive start to the campaign when they visit West Brom.