By Emma Sanders
Ronald Koeman claimed his side were playing as if they were nervous in the first half against West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
Second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley helped Everton secure a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory at Goodison Park.
However, Koeman admitted he had to ask his players to express themselves in the second-half after they produced what he described as a “nervous” performance during the opening 45 minutes.
“I said to them, ‘Why we are nervous? We are at home’. If we press well and play well we always get the support of the fans,” said Koeman, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
“I saw too many doubts in the first half and I was saying to them, ‘Come on. Go for it’. Football needs to be enjoyable.
“I think maybe the nerves were about the last few results. We had a lack of confidence, doubting in certain aspects when it comes to pressing and being aggressive.”
Everton currently sit in sixth position in the Premier League, behind Tottenham and Chelsea but have had a few nervy performances recently.
Sunday’s victory was their first since September 17th when they defeated Middlesbrough 3-1, and they have suffered three defeats in their last six games.
Shocking losses against Burnley and Bournemouth in the league were further dampened by a disappointing draw against Crystal Palace and a 2-0 loss against Norwich in the EFL Cup.
Everton looked a lot more dominant in their victory over West Ham though and it appears Koeman’s words at half-time had a positive effect.
In other Everton news, fans reacted on Twitter to their 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.