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Under different circumstances, being 1-0 up by halftime, playing already with an extra man, but still failing to get something more than a single point at the end of the match, could be considered a failure.
Given though that this was against Manchester City, and at the Etihad, Ronald Koeman reluctantly accepted that even just a draw was a good result for his Everton.
Even with one less player on the pitch, City have that great talent. They can make it really difficult. We had problems in keeping the ball and we played the long ball too fast
the Dutch manager told Sky Sports after the 1-1 in Manchester, which saw Wayne Rooney open the score for the Toffees in the 35th minute, and Raheem Sterling salvaging a point for the Citizens eight minutes from time.
I thought we controlled it well — the tactical plan was outstanding in the first half. We worked really hard for a good result and one point away at City is a good result
Koeman also said. As for Everton’s business in the transfer window, the Dutchman looked absolutely positive that the squad needs further additions, saying
We are looking for a left-footed central defender and back-up for Leighton [Baines] — without [Ramiro] Funes Mori, we don’t have any back-up. That’s an option, but also a striker. Even with the talent of Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] and [Sandro] Ramirez, look at other squads — they have a number of players.