Sam Allardyce not getting carried away despite Everton resurgence

Kristopher Nichols
December 20, 2017

We got a penalty, we scored it and Domimic Calvert-Lewin did brilliantly We changed the system and the way we wanted to push up and get at their back four.

'And we have a lot of players coming back from injury.

Bluntly, Everton, now ninth in the table, are definitely not going down and Swansea, still 20th in the table, most definitely are - unless they sign their buttocks off in January, and even then...

The latest win lifts Everton up to ninth - an unbelievable turnaround since the dark days of Ronald Koeman's reign.

After the game, the former Swansea man said: "We were really flat in the first half, there was not enough energy about us but I thought second half we got on the front foot".

"That's our 30th game this season so the quicker we get the squad into place, the more I can look at the market and see what we need".

Allardyce called for calm after Everton's revival continued. To deliver 13 points from the last 15 games is outstanding from where we have come from and the position we were in. "To come from 1-0 down shows character which maybe was missing before I got here but it was there tonight".

I brought some experienced and talented staff with me, along with the rest of the staff - I want everyone to get better.

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Swansea had scored the same number of league goals as Rooney - nine - at kick-off and its lack of attacking confidence was demonstrated when Luciano Narsingh shot straight at Jordan Pickford.

Wayne Rooney wrapped up the points with a penalty - he had an earlier one saved before Calvert-Lewin knocked in the rebound - for his 10th goal of the season. - Rooney has failed to score with 10 of his 33 Premier League penalty kicks overall, with only Alan Shearer failing to convert more (11 of 67).

The Goodison Park fans were expecting to cheer captain Rooney, who assumed charge of penalty duties, however, the boyhood Blue saw his shot pushed to the post by Fabianski, but not beyond Calvert-Lewin, who was there to pick up the rebound and power home for the 1-1. I was frustrated to miss the first one. I feel good and fit.

"And I'm man managing the players".

He added: "It was a odd feeling playing against (my former club) but it's good for us, puts us in ninth and it was an important three points after an important few weeks".

Swansea manager Paul Clement is targeting a much-needed win over Crystal Palace at the weekend to kickstart their survival battle.

The Ivory Coast worldwide came off less than four minutes into the game to leave his manager frustrated. "Hopefully over the Christmas period we can pick up a few more wins". You can't give players like him and Rooney space and time to lift their head and shoot from the kind of range.

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