Everton boss Ronald Koeman is quickly picking up a new catchphrase as he admitted it was “disappointing” not to beat 10-man Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park this evening.
Koeman blamed a lack of confidence from his players as the Blues sit bottom of the Europa League group after an appalling first half saw the sides go in level thanks to a Wayne Rooney tap-in after a poor back pass.
Nikola Vlasic and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were brought on in the second half and made an immediate impact on the game, the former scoring Everton’s second.
But, once again, it was Koeman’s starting eleven who got Everton into the situation of needing to rescue a game. Something which, tonight, they failed to do.
“The challenge is to get the team full of confidence,” said Koeman.
“If you start like this, if you analyse the first goal it is shocking. If you win then maybe it is a good medicine to play with more confidence – but now it will be the same.
“The feeling is a defeat today, not even a draw. It is really disappointing. We started poorly without any confidence and making a lot of mistakes but we had a good reaction.
“The second half was much better, we controlled the game and had big chances to score a third. It is football and sometimes when you are struggling maybe we are too afraid to play football. That is difficult when your body is not full of confidence.
“I cannot say they are not running or fighting, but they are scared to play forward. A win today makes it different.”