The former Newcastle boss harked back to what he cites as historical problems with away form, though, before saying that the players did well to deal with a pressure he must imagine Evertonians were heaping on them today when – in fact – the support for the players was at it’s usual standard from the home fans.
He said, “Usually when you lose two games and in the way that we’ve lost them, you have to find a response from the players.
“At Goodison, I don’t think there’s been a problem. Our big problem has been away from home. If you reverse it [home and away form] and look with the home points we’ve gained we’re riding high in the top six.
“The players had to handle the pressure today, our form away, that’s been a long standing problem and it was a big win under those circumstances. The players accepted the pressure and delivered a performance.
“You have to give credit to Wayne Rooney today, playing in a position he doesn’t play in normally. We had a very attacking three in midfield and we asked Wayne to be responsible enough to be the playmaker and sit deep.”