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EVERTON remain unbeaten under Sam Allardyce after coming back from a goal down to win against Swansea on Monday night.
The Toffees have 10 points from four games under Allardyce, more than the eight points they managed in nine games under Ronald Koeman at the start of the season.
Leroy Fer turned in a Tom Carroll corner to give Swansea the lead before Dominic Calvert-Lewin steered home the rebound from Wayne Rooney’s penalty following a great save from Lukasz Fabianski.
“Dominic with his follow-up on the penalty was a massive massive bonus for us at half-time because that killed them a little bit,” said Allardyce. “That changed the way we played, pushing Tom Davies on.”
Davies offered his side more control in attacking midfield areas which is something they had lacked prior to his introduction.
“We were below par in the first half and that was a case of us being too negative in our passing,” added his manager. “We got caught up keeping the ball but not keeping it to any effect going forward.”
Davies’s extra body behind the striker created extra space in midfield resulting in an outstanding Gylfi Sigurdsson strike which turned the game around after half-time. Davies moved the ball on to Rooney who had space to run into but instead found the former Swansea man in an even better position on the left. Sigurdsson was then able to cut inside and sent an unstoppable effort curling inside Fabianski’s far post.
“Sigi, wow! Just what you need isn’t it?” Allardyce enthused. “It changes the game. You need a bit of a genius, a brilliant piece of work from a player in your squad that can change the game when it’s in the balance, and that was what we got.”
Everton made sure of the win when Martin Olsson brought Jonjoe Kenny down on the edge of the area. Referee Jon Moss adjudged that it was inside the box and Rooney made no mistake with his second strike from the spot, thumping it into the net at the Gwladys Street end.
Swansea, meanwhile, are stuck to the bottom of the table, but their manager Paul Clement hopes to turn things around against Crystal Palace on Saturday. “That’s what we’ve got to focus on, that’s what I have to focus on — my job preparing the team and getting ready for Crystal Palace at home.”
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