Pic: ReutersLIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Everton manager Ronald Koeman shrugged off questions over his future and defended his players commitment despite his team suffering a 1-0 home defeat by Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
After a close-season in which the club invested nearly £140 million (S$253m) and brought back Wayne Rooney to his boyhood team from Manchester United, more was expected of Koeman and the players. We didn't have that creativity.
"Things can change quickly, we've had a bad start to the season but we are still not too far from where we want to be", said Keane. Koeman has bemoaned the fact that they failed to sign a replacement striker in the summer as he wanted a target man to give them a third option with Sandro Ramirez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. It makes a totally different situation.
Rooney thought he should have had a penalty in the closing stages when his flick-on from Sigurdsson's cross bounced on to Matthew Lowton's arm and Koeman said: "You know, sometimes you get the help of a referee".
"It is a hard situation because you don't have that confidence".
"I understand everybody is disappointed about the final result, but they can't complain about the players".
Ireland internationals Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick combined for the only goal of the game as Burnley consigned Everton to a fourth loss of the season. We have great fans and they deserve better.
"I did not think that was the case (against Burnley)".
"I thought he did well today, he put in a lot of blocks and was solid".
"We get branded with being a long ball team and there will be times like that but we always pass and move, penetrate and create something", the 25-year-old told the Burnley_changing_perceptions_as_they_turn_on_the_style/?ref=mac" Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"They are a defensive-minded team but well-organised, physical". "They keep their shape really well".
"We started full of confidence".