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Everton were so bad against West Ham that Koeman wanted to make TEN half time changes

Date Posted,April 22, 2017

Ronald Koeman claimed he would have made 10 half-time ­substitutions if he had been allowed after a woeful Everton performance.

As it was, only Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye were brought off at the interval, replaced by Gareth Barry and Ademola Lookman.

But even they failed to spark the visitors into life, leaving their manager ­deflated and very frustrated.

The Dutchman said: “The half-time substitutions were tactical, I made a signal to the team to change.

“I feel sorry for Tom, I feel sorry for Idrissa, because if it was allowed to change 10 I’d have changed 10 players after the first half.

“I’m disappointed about the performance, we were not the team that we can be, far away from the level in every aspect of football.

Morgan Schneiderlin tackles Cheikhou Kouyate (Photo: Getty)

“One positive thing – a clean sheet. And we go home. We didn’t bring any intensity into the game, it was too slow, a lot of ball possession, too many players in the central position in midfield, took too much time. And if you start a game like this it’s always ­difficult to change.

“I’m not worried because it’s possible, it’s football, they are human beings. Maybe I can ask the ­question to myself about what we did wrong and why the team was not what they can be, but nothing else.”

Pedestrian would be the polite way to ­describe that first half, and the ­statistics were ­certainly damning – Everton failed to ­muster a single shot on or off target with Romelu Lukaku AWOL.

West Ham did fashion a couple of chances, but when James Collins threw himself for a far-post header the effort was wide and Cheikhou Kouyate missed from close range.

Maarten Stekelenburg, brought back in from the cold by Koeman for his first ­Premier League start since December, did see the ball once, but Havard Nordtveit’s shot had already had the sting taken out of it by a deflection off team-mate Jonathan ­Calleri on its way through.

Tom Davies holds off Kouyate (Photo: Getty)

Like Koeman, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic made a change in goal as he handed Adrian his first league start since November at the ­expense of Darren Randolph.

But with Everton so ­ineffective in attack, so ­lacking in creativity, the ­Spaniard was largely a ­spectator again. Pop star Pixie Lott ­(above) performing her new ­song ‘Baby’ on the pitch at half time offered some ­respite from the tedium.

If Lott’s song was rattling around in Phil Jagielka’s head at the start of the second half it will not have been for long, as Manuel Lanzini knocked him off his feet.

Lookman did at least have one effort for Everton, a shot from 20 yards, but it was just over the bar.

Bilic said: “I’m really pleased with the way we played, ­especially how solid and ­composed we were, how we kept the shape.

“If we’re talking about ­effort, determination and ­defensive quality there’s ­nothing more I would have asked for.”

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