Kevin Mirallas believes Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s first-half tactical change helped the Blues secure victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The Dutchman threw striker Romelu Lukaku into the fray with the Toffees trailing 1-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to Gareth McAuley’s opener on 10 minutes.
The change sparked Everton into life, and the away outfit eventually overcame the hosts to record a 2-1 triumph in the Midlands.
Mirallas finished off an excellently worked equaliser on the stroke of half time, before Gareth Barry’s close range header on the hour mark sealed Koeman’s first win as Blues boss.
And speaking after the match, winger Mirallas insisted it was the 53-year-old’s decision to make the tactical switch that reaped dividends on the pitch.
The 28-year-old said: “It was a difficult start.
“We played the same tactics as last week but the coach has seen directly it wasn’t good and changed. After that we payed well, got in good positions and made chances to score.
“He’s good because he saw directly the team had problems and changed it. He had the solution to win the game.
“When you’re a player you see that and you’re happy because he had the solution to win the game.
“We didn’t panic.
“When I saw the tactics against West Brom I knew they’re the home team and have strong set pieces but I though I’d get chances.
“For the first 30 mins Gerard had a lot of space but its difficult because their defender was very strong. The changed worked.”
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