The Dutchman watched his side breeze past a poor Southampton side although the visitors had their chances to go ahead before three second half goals – including a first Everton goal for Enner Valencia – sealed all three points for the Blues.
He picked out Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies for particular praise, although he admitted he was disappointed that “the striker” had to come off early in the first half with an ankle injury.
“The final result is very good,” he said.
“A clean sheet today cost a lot of intensity, which I think was much better in the second half than it was in the first.
“We had good organisation, we were defensively strong and we know we can score and the final 30 minutes was good.
“At half time I mentioned to the players to play a higher tempo and it was much better in the second half.
“It’s always difficult to create chances and Southampton are a good team.
“Dominic was really disappointed to come off, it’s always disappointing for the boy but OK, he’s still young and he’s still got time to recover and he’ll come back strong.
“We have to wait until tomorrow [to find out about the injury] and maybe then we can tell you about it.
“[Tom Davies] was strong and comfortable on the ball, maybe one or two mistakes but that was maybe more the mistakes we made in the first half but he was really good.
“We know he’s developing really well at this level and we need the boy because we lose Gana to the AFCON and James McCarthy is still not fit.
“It’s always good to have a good result at home to build confidence and seven points out of nine is really good and now we focus for the FA Cup because that’s the title that everyone likes to win.”
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