Home Form Must Be Maintained
Sam Allardyce has said Everton must maintain their home form for the remainder of the campaign as we look to improve results on our travels.
Hosting Crystal Palace at Goodison Park at the weekend, goals from Gylfi Sigurdson, Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies gave us a three one victory on the day with Palace's consolation coming late on from the penalty spot.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, the one time England man explained that after disappointment in our last fixture, we had 'sent everyone home happy'.
'The performance was very good. I`m just disappointed we didn`t get a clean sheet at the end. But it didn`t matter, I`m glad to say, and we played the game out really well. Defensively we were very solid and from the point of view of taking our chances, we found the right way to do that in the second half, having probed without getting the reward that we needed in the first. We got the three goals and sent everyone home very happy.'
Reflecting on home form under him so far this season, Allardyce went on to say.
'Our home form is very good. Our results at Goodison and our points per game record are very good. That`s eight games at home since I have been here and we have taken 17 points and that is a really, really good home record. We now have to keep that up. The one thing we need to get better is the away results.'
He had praise in particular for the midfield three of Wayne Rooney, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Tom Davies and having called upon Davies to produce a final product earlier in the week, he was delighted to see him get his name on the scoresheet.
'Wayne, Tom and Gana have been very good, not just in this game but in other games as well. They were in the Leicester game together, where they were very good, and we got them back in there today. We had to take the game to Crystal Palace and we had those players on the pitch. Then you have the pace of Theo Walcott on the flank and the little tricks that Gylfi was pulling out - it all helped us get our rewards in the end.'