'Vitally important' – Allardyce names the thing that impressed him most from Everton win
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has heaped praise on his players for their defensive performance in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in his first game in charge of the club.
The Toffees made it back-to-back Premier League wins with a comfortable victory over the newly-promoted side, thanks to two second-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Allardyce was named the club’s new manager earlier this week, signing an 18-month contract at Goodison Park. The Toffees had been searching for a new boss ever since Ronald Koeman was sacked in October.
The former England boss was delighted to get a winning start and but the thing that impressed him the most was his side’s defensive display.
“The defensive solidarity of the team is very pleasing for me, having conceded so many goals before I got here,” Allardyce told Sky Sports News (5:25pm).
“I can’t remember a shot on target that Jordan Pickford has had to save – there was a scramble before half-time but that was it.
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“That shows that we are doing the right things in and out of possession. A 2-0 victory and back-to-back wins for us in the last two games have been vitally important for us to take the pressure of everybody.”
Before their 4-0 win over West Ham United at Goodison Park on Wednesday, Everton had the worst defensive record in the Premier League with 28 goals conceded.
They have now kept a two clean sheets in a row and have won back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this season.
The Toffees were only two points clear of the relegation earlier in the week and would have fallen into the bottom-three with a defeat against the Hammers, but they are now eight points above of the drop zone.