With 24-pass move, Burnley produces goal to win at Everton

Posted October 02, 2017

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says that he is happy with the attitude shown by his players during Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Goodison Park.

For Koeman and Everton though, it will be an uncomfortable global break as their fourth defeat of the season leaves them in 16th, and the manner of his team's performance will leave the Dutchman with a lot of questions to answer after another poor display from a team he spent £150m on in the summer to improve.

Everton, tipped to push for a top-four place at the start of the season, remain 16th with only seven points from as many games, while Burnley surge up to sixth after making it five league games unbeaten.

Koeman has revealed to The Times that whilst he thought replacing Lukaku like-for-like was impossible, Everton did think that they had a deal for Giroud sealed, but the move fell through.

Koeman has now admitted that his side have no more excuses and said, "It's not time to find any more excuses".

"I don't get these questions in the past until now", he said. You need to be lucky in second balls, maybe everything.

The response from the crowd at the end of the game however, with boos ringing out across Goodison Park, suggested that not everyone shared the manager's generous assessment of the performance.

Hopefully we can play some good football, get the fans behind us and have a good boost going into the global break. We will continue and I will try to do my best for the job. Not disappointed about the commitment and belief of the players because I think it was totally different.

"If you play against a team who are defending so strong you need to be at your best".

Everton sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in a big-money deal, and whilst they did land Sandro Ramirez in a cut-price deal from Malaga, Everton's lack of goals this season is a direct result of failing to really replace Lukaku. "(But) maybe it's good to have the next game close by after Thursday".