Everton’s character will help them build on the momentum gained from two straight wins, says Ronald Koeman.
The Blues showed plenty of determination against Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Saturday when overturning Joshua King’s strike early in the second half and earn a 2-1 win over the Cherries.
And individually, the resolve of Everton’s substitutes - Oumar Niasse, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny – to enter into the fray and make telling contributions helped turn the game in the host’s favour.
“The players showed great character at 1-0 down,” Koeman told evertontv. “That is how you need to react in difficult times.
“We knew after going 1-0 down we had to do something to get back in the game. We played more direct football after they scored. That changed a lot and made it more difficult for them and all three substitutes had a big impact in the win.
“Everybody knows it is still a difficult time after the defeats we had in a row. But I think with what happened on Wednesday and then, even more, what happened on Saturday, will give everybody a big boost for the future.”
Koeman was pleased to see that character rewarded with victory. After King had opened the scoring on 49 minutes, Niasse stepped off the bench to fire in a brace.
The Blues boss admitted it was a happy dressing room after the game. “A winning feeling is totally different and that is what we needed,” he added.
“It was tough and it was difficult after going 1-0 down but the team showed great character to come back, push forward and finally to get the win. That is the best.”