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Improvement Needed

Improvement Needed

Football is an unforgiving business these days, and there's no doubting the modern day game is a 'business', so as much as defeats against Chelsea - ahead of the international break - and then Tottenham on Saturday are disappointing there shouldn't be anyone panicking too much and calling for people's heads.

However, time and patience isn't something many are afforded - again I stress I'm not calling for Ronald Koeman's head.

Morgan Schneiderlin is honest enough to admit Everton had simply been beaten by the better side at Goodison Park.

He told the Official Website: 'Tottenham were better than us on the day. We are not going to hide or find excuses, we just have to admit that they were better than us on the day. We started well but the goal gave us a bit of a slap. But then we can't drop the intensity and quality of our play like we did. It's difficult when you go 2-0 down, but you're still in the game. Then to concede the third so soon into the second half, it's difficult on confidence.'

Much the same as Koeman said after the game the midfielder is looking for Everton to 'learn from it.'

Adding: 'We have to use this game and learn from it. It's only the fourth game of the season. Obviously, we have a very hard start to the season. We will learn from it as quickly as possible. As we said in the changing room afterwards, it's not one defeat that can change our season. We just have to learn from it and show that we can bounce back in the next game.'

Like I've already said there will be greater pressure and expectancy on Everton, especially Koeman, this season but the boss isn't one to go overboard following one defeat, which Schneiderlin knows better than most having worked with him at Southampton previously.

He went on to say he knows the Dutchman will remain calm and analyse what went wrong and look for the Blues to put it right in Italy against Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Then again it doesn't necessarily need Koeman to tell the players improvement is needed and the Toffees must do better, the French international is aware, as are Schneiderlin's teammates, without being told.

Schneiderlin said: 'We are all football players and most of us are experienced, so we also know ourselves when we were bad and where we need to improve. We will have a meeting on Monday, after the manager has had time to analyse the game and we as players have had time to reflect on it.'

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Writer:Vital Everton
Date:Monday September 11 2017
Time: 10:30AM

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