Bournemouth 1 Everton 0: Cherries hand Ronald Koeman first league loss

“The midfield looks exciting for the future if we can keep those players fit and that balance. They enabled us to control the game and improve as the match went on.

“It was a really energetic effort from him. And it could be very nice for us to see in the future.”

Koeman accepted the loss would “maybe” prove a dose of reality, after the Toffees lost second place in the league.

“We know we will not win every game, it’s the Premier League, we need to be prepared for everyone,” he said.

“In my opinion Bournemouth are a good team, they will not fight against relegation.

“From us it was not good enough. In the first half Bournemouth were the better team with more aggression. It’s a pity because we needed to start like that.”

BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc 6; Smith 7, Francis 7, Cook 6, Daniels 7; Surman 6, Arter 8, Stanislas 8, Wilshere 7 (Gosling 76th), Ibe 6 (Gradel (71st) 6); Wilson 6 (Afobe 90th).

EVERTON: Stekelenburg 6; Coleman 6, Jagielka 5, Williams 6, Oviedo 5; Gueye 5 (Valencia 81st), Barry 5 (Cleverley (55th) 5), Bolasie 7, Barkley 6 Mirallas 5 (Deulofeu (60th) 5) Lukaku 6.

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