Koeman praises Everton’s aggression

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes his side showed off their character and determination to come from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Toffees found themselves behind to a 20th minute Alexis Sanchez goal, but responded well and really got into their opponents faces to limit their time and space on the ball.

They were rewarded with a Seamus Coleman equaliser on the stroke of half-time before Ashley Williams headed home a late winner.

"The key was how we played after 20 minutes," Koeman said after the match.

"I think that was the team we like to see, what the fans like: face-to-face, aggression, pressing and playing football and going for it.

"You don't win any game because the team is nervous. I can understand a lack of confidence but we play every ball back, we make it difficult and then it is no chance against Arsenal.

"We came back with great character. If you show that aggression and commitment it is difficult to beat Everton at Goodison Park.

"I hope the players will learn how we started and what we did after 20 minutes. That is what we need to show. It is always possible to lose games against teams like Arsenal but not in the way we started.

"I hope we realise how strong we can be if we play like this."

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