Ronald Koeman happy to keep Goodison record intact


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Ronald Koeman praised his Everton side for a ‘positive’ display in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United that ensured they remain unbeaten at home in the league.

The Toffees fell behind before half-time when Zlatan Ibrahimovic brilliantly took advantage of some poor decision-making from Maarten Stekelenburg to lob the stranded goalkeeper.

The Red Devils had chances to double their lead in the second half but Everton hung in and they earned a share of the spoils when Leighton Baines scored from the penalty spot after former Goodison favourite Marouane Fellaini had fouled Idrissa Gueye.

Koeman’s team needed that late goal to avoid a third league defeat in four games and the Dutchman saw genuine improvement after the disappointing loss to Southampton at St Mary’s a week earlier.

“The whole performance was much better than last week, and we need to fight for good results. We are still unbeaten at home so that’s very good,” he said.

Everton have managed just one win in their last nine Premier League games. Koeman however was happy to paint some positives, particularly given the blow of losing a poor goal on the stroke of half-time.

He felt the final outcome was more than merited. “The whole team performance was positive,” Koeman told Sky Sports.

“From the start we showed good organisation and made it difficult for United to create anything.

“The goal was a mistake but the boys showed great belief in the second half and a point was the minimum we deserved from the game.”

Everton are 2.38 to win away at Watford in their next game. The Hornets are 3.00 while the draw is 3.20.

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