Ronald Koeman calls for perspective after first Everton defeat against Norwich City

Everton manager Ronald Koeman suffered his first defeat of the season against Norwich City. lPicture

Everton manager Ronald Koeman suffered his first defeat of the season against Norwich City. lPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was adamant there was no shame losing his unbeaten record to Norwich City after a shock EFL Cup exit.

Koeman has made an impressive start to life at Goodison Park, with 13 points from his first five Premier League games, to sit second in the early standings but Steven Naismith and Josh Murphy combined to dump his side out of the EFL Cup.

'I didn't organise parties after 13 points out of five games, so we don't cry after this,' he said. 'We have to accept this. We are disappointed but we go on. I did not expect that we go a season without losing a game. We had the most opportunities than any other game and we do not score. We had very good opportunities. That is the difference. It is worse if the team did not work hard, or did not press. Then it is a problem.

'Of course I am not happy about the final result. In cup football you do not get a second chance but I cannot criticise my players because we did everything to score the goal.

'Maybe the little bit of the luck was not with us. We had enough chances. You can make it very difficult but football is about scoring goals and the first goal of Norwich you need a little bit of luck.'


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The Dutchman was impressed by Alex Neil's side and refused to offer any excuses after making six changes from the weekend's Premier League win over Middlesbrough.

'It is always difficult for the lads who come in that haven't played a lot this season. You can't analyse players by one match, it is the whole week,' he said. 'They all worked hard but when you did not score, Gerard (Deulofeu) and Ross (Barkley) had big chances, we had three free kicks around the box in very good positions. That is football. It is a team performance and we did not play bad football. We played against a very good, organised team who made it difficult and you have to play high quality football. The second goal is a great goal but very bad defending from four or five of my players.'

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