Date: 11th September 2017 at 10:01am
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Having lost to Chelsea ahead of the international break, Everton suffered another setback against a side the Blues would hope to challenge against for a top-four finish, Tottenham.

Spurs, admittedly in part to an opening goal that had more than an element of luck about it, in fact by Harry Kane’s own admission it was ‘a fluke’, eventually ran out 3-0 winners at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Ronald Koeman thought Everton had started well with the opener from Kane, when his attempted cross looped over Jordan Pickford, then seeing the problems start.

He told the Official Website: ‘I think we started the game well, had a good control on the game and some chances. But the first goal – and maybe it’s a lucky first goal – makes it more difficult for us. We lost control, we had real problems with Tottenham’s diamond formation and they found easily the free player in the midfield. Then you are running behind the situation.’

Christian Eriksen doubled the lead just before half time before Kane got his second less than a minute into the second half, which was by far the start to the second period the Blues wanted, to kill off any hopes of a fightback.

Koeman was obviously disappointed but did admit once Tottenham went ahead the visitors were the better side.

‘The 2-0 before half-time was difficult, and if you see how we started the second half, that was really poor, said Koeman. ‘Three-nil down, one team was full of confidence and Everton were without any confidence, and that makes it even more difficult. We’re disappointed, but they were by far – after 1-0 – the better team this afternoon.’

This loss, obviously a first at Goodison this season, in actual fact only a second at home during the calendar year so far, is one Koeman hopes Everton can learn from – as they say you often learn more from a defeat than a win.

‘When I spoke about Tottenham [before the game], I mentioned that maybe with Man City they have the best football side in the Premier League. You have to learn from defeats and we can learn from the way we lost today,’ added Koeman.

Finishing: ‘We lost aggression in the second half and that can be [to do with] confidence. But I think in several aspects in the game in the second half the players were too nice. I don’t ask for yellow and red cards but we gave the ball too easily to Tottenham.’

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