Koeman bemoans defensive errors as Toffees are felled by Spurs
Ronald Koeman bemoaned the softness of Tottenham’s second and third targets in Everton’s 3-2 loss at White Hart Lane, but concedes the household side were worthy winners in Sunday’s Premier League contest.
The Toffees travelled to north London in fine kind having gone unbeaten in the league in 2017, but had been up against it when Harry Kane’s fine long-range strike place Spurs into a half-time lead.
On the other hand, Kane was the beneficiary of poor Everton defending to score his second just after Morgan Schneiderlin and Ashley Williams failed to cope with Joel’s ill-advised throw.
Romelu Lukaku halved the arrears to develop into Everton’s all-time top Premier League scorer, but the visitors were caught flat-footed by Dele Alli’s third and, even though Enner Valencia grabbed a late consolation, that proved crucial for Tottenham.
“It was a challenging game, truly Tottenham are extremely powerful. General, they have been the better team but we fought until the last second,” he told Sky Sports.
“Of course we made some mistakes, we know if you make errors just like the second objective and the third aim it really is as well simple.
“I think we did nicely, we know the qualities of Tottenham at dwelling. I feel until the 1-0 we had superior organisation within the group. It was hard, we had a fantastic counter-attack and you have to have composure on the target. Till the final second we had a chance to get a point – perhaps not deserved but that is football.”
Koeman added that he believes Tottenham, who close to inside seven points of leaders Chelsea, is usually a benchmark against which his Everton side may be measured against.
“Tottenham have two or 3 years inside a row together with the similar players, it’s all about time which is what we need to possess,” he added.
“If we get the time to strengthen, that is the next step for the club.”
A great deal of the pre-match build-up had been in regards to the battle between the league’s major marksmen in Kane and Lukaku.
Koeman insists there was a lot more towards the match than the in-form strikers, but recognised the excellent of each players.
“Romelu Lukaku showed again he’s so powerful and risky and if he gets a likelihood it really is a objective,” he mentioned.
“It wasn’t a competition among the strikers – but he and Harry Kane both showed their top quality of finishing.”