Coleman – Toffees remain grounded

Seamus Coleman insists Everton are not getting too carried away despite making their best start to a top-flight season in 38 years.

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The Toffees are currently second in the Premier League standings after picking up 13 points from their opening five matches, including a 3-1 triumph over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Republic of Ireland international Coleman scored his first goal of the season during that match, and he admits the players are full of confidence following their blistering start, but he insists they are not getting too carried away with their recent run of form.

He said: “You would rather this start than what we’ve had the past couple of seasons. Winning games breeds confidence and going into the next one we will feel we can win that.

“We’re not looking to the end of the season and where we can finish.”

Everton are next in action when they play host to Norwich in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, before they face league matches against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on September 30.

He added: “I know it’s a boring answer but we’re just looking to the next game and go into the international break with two more wins.”

Coleman, who missed the opening few weeks of the campaign with a hamstring problem, has also heaped praise on coach Ronald Koeman, who he believes has been key to the Toffees upturn in form following his summer arrival from Southampton.

“Manager Ronald Koeman expects people to work hard, he expects his forwards to work hard, and he demands respect from everyone and that is what you want from your boss,” he added.

Everton have not finished in the top four of the Premier League standings since the 2004-05 campaign, but punters may choose to use their free bet to back the Toffees to buck that trend this season.

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