Gueye's first Everton goal pleases boss Koeman

Despite a committed defensive performance from the Black Cats, Gueye converted past the returning Jordan Pickford with five minutes left in the first half. When we were 1-0 down we were always in the game.

The former Southampton manager is rarely surprised but admitted that he was taken aback by just how quick the teenager is, and has been impressed by the starlet's start to life in the Premier League. "We are trying to achieve different things at the other end of the table, so there is a gulf in the quality of player".

"We couldn't have played any worse than in the first half; I wanted them to be braver and I felt we did that [in the second half]".

They nearly went two up seconds before half time through Ross Barkley, but his strike was also denied by Pickford, before Tom Davies hit the post moments later.

Everton should make one change to their starting XI against Sunderland and drop defender Ramiro Funes Mori.

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"You can take a bit of criticism from your manager now and then, but you have to react to it which I have done.

They helped me to improve my game and I'm grateful to them, because without them, I wouldn't have got this far", Lukaku, who has played 129 games for the club, told reporters.

One of those being the final goal of their 6-3 win against Bournemouth where he held his arms up in celebration before the ball had even gone crossed the line.

The opening 45 minutes continued in a rather pedestrian manner as the hosts monopolised possession but looked to bide their time and wait for an opening rather than force the issue, whilst Moyes was happy to let his side sit back and soak up the pressure. A few teams have had theirs.

"As you well know, Sunderland have been in this position quite regularly".

  • Lawrence Cooper