By Dominic Toner
Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes that his substitutes had a “big impact” in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.
Gerard Deulofeu, Enner Valencia and Mason Holgate were all introduced in the second-half at Goodison Park and were tasked with turning around a one-goal deficit.
United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given his side the lead in the first-half with an excellent chipped goal, but the Toffees goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg made a poor decision to charge off his line.
Leighton Baines rescued a point for his side as he calmly scored an 89th minute penalty, with Marouane Fellaini needlessly fouling Idrissa Gueye in the box.
The Merseyside club stay eight-placed in the Premier League and Koeman was pleased with the contribution of his substitutes.
“We showed today that we can fight back. We showed commitment. The three subs had a big impact and it was deserved,” Koeman said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
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Everton had looked extremely quiet in attack for most of the game, but Valencia and Deulofeu injected some urgency and pace into the game.
Youngster Holgate replaced the injured Seamus Coleman at right-back and looked assured in the defence.
Koeman may be tempted to change his starting XI in the club’s next league match against Watford after some impressive cameo appearances.
The Toffees are without a win in their last four games and that included a crushing 5-0 away defeat against Chelsea in November.
In other Everton news, Gary Lineker has delivered his verdict on Marouane Fellaini’s performance for United.