Everton manager Ronald Koeman suffered his first league loss as his side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Everton headed into the game at the Vitality Stadium in fine form, riding a four-game win streak. But a goal by Junior Stanislas gave Bournemouth the win as Everton were unable to get on the scoresheet. Koeman was disappointed with the loss, and especially the performance in the first half.
“It wasn’t good enough,”Koeman said. “In the first half, Bournemouth were the better team. They had more aggression, won more second balls and put balls in the channels. They pressed well. It was difficult for us to find our play in the first half.
“I was not surprised by Bournemouth – I know they can be strong and we knew the way they play. It’s always about preparing yourself in football and they started much better than we did. That was disappointing after 45 minutes. In the second half we showed what we needed to do, there was a good reaction of the team and some chances, not necessarily big opportunities, but we were the dominant and more dangerous team. It’s a pity because you need to start like that as well.
“Until the end I had the feeling that we could score because they dropped back more and more. We took some risk to end the game with four strikers but we needed to change and do something.”
Everton slipped down to fifth place, where they are tied with third-placed Arsenal and fourth-placed Liverpool on 13 points.