first_imgEverton’s poor start to the season continued as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Sunday with Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick grabbing a 21st minute winner.Burnely are unbeaten away from home this season and move up to sixth in the league while Everton languish in 16th place with just two wins in this campaign so far.Burnley’s goal came at the end of a 24-pass move with Hendrick skipping away from his marker and firing past Jordan Pickford.Ronald Koeman’s Everton looked short of confidence and ideas and struggled to turn possession into chances even after the introduction of Wayne Rooney as a second-half substitute.KOEMAN DEFENDS PLAYERS”I can’t complain from my players today. They did everything. There are situations in our ball possession that maybe we can create more but it is not so easy against Burnley,” said Koeman.Photo Credit: Reuters “They are a defensive minded team but well organised, physical. You need to be lucky in second balls, maybe everything. The commitment and spirit of the players was really positive.”I am disappointed about the result. Not disappointed about the commitment and belief of the players because I think it was totally different. These circumstances you need to score a goal.”The response from the crowd at the end of the game however, with boos ringing out across Goodison Park, suggested that not everyone shared the manager’s generous assessment of the performance.After a close-season in which the club invested almost 140 million pounds ($187.5 million) and brought back Wayne Rooney to his boyhood team from Manchester United, more was expected and some are already questioning whether Koeman is the right man to lead Everton forward.advertisementBut the former Barcelona player, who had a spell as manager of Southampton before moving to Merseyside, said he was unconcerned about speculation.”I have experience and I know if you win your life on a daily basis it is different from if you lose.”It is not nice to get two weeks an international break if you lose. We will continue and I will try to do my best for the job. All the stuff and the questions is not in my hands,” he said.last_img

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