Everton defender Coleman accepts fan ‘frustration’

Date published: Monday 5th March 2018 8:27

Seamus Coleman assured Everton fans that the players understand their frustrations after another away defeat against Burnley.

Cenk Tosun’s first goal in English football eventually counted for nothing as Burnley fought back to claim a 2-1 victory and end a 12-match winless run.

It was a sixth consecutive away defeat for Everton, who have won just once on the road in the Premier League in 14 months.

The Toffees supporters made their feelings clear, directing their ire towards manager Sam Allardyce, particularly for two second-half substitutions.

Coleman said: “They’re travelling all round the country supporting us. We know what it means to them.

“Of course you can understand their frustration. They’re paying good money.

“It’s up to us on Saturday to put in a performance for our home fans, and then kick on and try to win away from home. The important thing is winning games.”

The full-back was playing just his third match of the season after his long-awaited comeback from a horror double leg break was cut short by a thigh injury.

He said: “It’s great to be back. When you’re out for so long, you’re thinking: ‘I just want to be back.’ But as soon as you’re back and you lose a game, it’s just back to that same old feeling.

“The first half was good. It wasn’t good enough from us in the second half.

“Burnley put the two up front and made it difficult for us. They’re the games we need to be winning, especially coming here and knowing that Burnley haven’t won in a few games.

“We thought it would have been a great opportunity, but unfortunately for us, by our standards, we weren’t at it.”

Had Everton won, they would have moved level on points with seventh-placed Burnley in the race for a possible European spot, and Allardyce could not hide his frustration at the way his team allowed the game to slip away.

Despite the improvement in results since he took over, Allardyce said of Everton’s season: “It’s already drifting, there’s no doubt about that. It’s been drifting for some considerable time.”

 


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