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3rd Dec, 2017 | 4:40pm

Allardyce reveals reason behind Everton's shocking early season form

Sam Allardyce has explained the reason for his new club’s poor form in the first part of the season.

Allardyce was confirmed as the club’s new manager earlier this week, replacing former boss Ronald Koeman who was sacked in October with the club in the relegation zone.

The former England boss, who was just in charge of Crystal Palace, says he is not surprised his new club struggled in the first half of the season, given their busy run of fixtures.

“I have to say, when I’ve looked at this season’s history of games played, players getting injured, it’s no wonder they have struggled in all honesty,” said Allardyce, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“The number of fixtures early on in the season, the amount of games played in the Europa Cup and then the League Cup and the Premier League and injuries on top of that.”

The Toffees beat newly-promoted Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Goodison Park in Allardyce’s first game in charge on Saturday afternoon.

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Everton ensured back-to-back Premier League wins for the first-time this season, thanks to two second-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The club are now up to 10th in the Premier League table, having been just two points above the relegation zone before their midweek win over 18th-placed West Ham United.

Much has been made of how Allardyce will strengthen his squad, when the transfer window opens in January, but the new Everton manager insists that is not his biggest priority.

“I think getting the players who are injured, getting them fit again, is a main priority before everybody starts talking about the January window,”

Everton face rivals Liverpool in their next Premier League game on Sunday.

In other Everton news, Allardyce could make a surprise move for this Tottenham ace in January, according to a report.

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