Defender hails ‘solid’ Everton

Seamus Coleman feels manager Ronald Koeman’s focus on defence has been key to Everton’s fine start to the season.

Everton: Defender hails 'solid' EvertonEverton: Defender hails 'solid' Everton

Koeman joined the club in the summer from Southampton and the Dutchman has enjoyed a positive start to his tenure at Goodison Park, as Everton sit fifth in the Premier League table with 14 points from seven games.

The Merseyside outfit struggled under former boss Roberto Martinez last term and Coleman feels a greater focus on keeping a tight defence has been the key to their revival.

“It’s difficult doing these interviews because it looks as though you are hammering the old regime and that’s not the case,” Coleman told reporters. “Every manager is different. Roberto played a more open game and made no secret of that.

“[Martinez] liked his full-backs getting high and unfortunately at times we conceded too many goals.

“This manager [Koeman] wants us to be solid first and then build on that with the quality attacking players.

“It’s not a case of one being wrong and one right but we are more solid this season. Every time a manager comes in he puts a twist on things. This one is big on work-rate. He is demanding the best from us.”

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