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SAM ALLARDYCE’S first official game in charge of Everton ended with a pleasing victory against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic-Calvert Lewin gave them their second win in two games since the announcement of their new manager, and they climb to 10th in the table.
“It takes the pressure off everyone now,” said Allardyce. “Fans, players, staff and owners can breathe a little easier.”
Huddersfield looked to attack from the start despite being away from home, but while the sides started the game level on points in the Premier League table, the difference in quality eventually showed from the home side.
The Terriers’ forward-thinking 4-2-3-1 formation made use of Tom Ince, Laurent Depoitre, Elias Kachunga and Collin Quaner — all recognised attacking players — while Aaron Mooy also advanced from midfield.
But it wasn’t enough to break Everton down, and Allardyce’s side grew into the game in the second half after a tactical switch.
“We changed tactics at half-time to get Gylfi and Aaron [Lennon] further up pitch, as they were chasing back too often,” revealed Allardyce.
The change paid off when Lennon’s ball inside to Calvert-Lewin was flicked into Sigurdsson’s path and the Icelander finished coolly.
There were periods when Everton controlled the ball, but these were too few and far between for their manager’s liking.
“We could have done with a bit more entertainment, a bit more passing movement,” he said after the game. These words will have been music to the ears of the Everton faithful.
Their side made sure of the points when Calvert-Lewin got the goal his performance deserved. He sprinted onto Wayne Rooney’s pinpoint through ball behind the opposition defence, and finished with a bit of help from a deflection off Zanka.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, have lost their last four games and will be hoping to turn things around when they face Brighton at home next week.
“This is where we like to bounce back,” said their manager, David Wagner.
“I don’t know how often this group were written off in the past, and they always came back. It’s a little bit the case now as well, the players have shown in the past that this is nothing that they have to worry about. They have to be focused on their success.”
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