Ronald Koeman praises Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says that his side put in an outstanding team performance in the 3-0 win over West Brom this afternoon.

Everton, whose only defeat in 10 league games was last week's 3-2 reverse at Tottenham Hotspur, remain in seventh spot with 47 points from 28 games.

However, Koeman does not believe that will affect his players and instead said he thought it provided a timely reminder of where Everton now are.

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Goals from Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin and Romelu Lukaku (of course!) sealed the win without the home side ever really needing to get out of second gear, and Koeman said he was very happy with the way his side played.

Everton head into today's game looking to close the gap on sixth-placed Manchester United, who are not in league action this weekend.

Koeman's side have now not dropped a point at Goodison Park since a loss to rivals Liverpool prior to Christmas after this success over a West Brom team only one place beneath them in the table, but a class below here.

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West Brom have been flying this season under Tony Pulis and find themselves comfortably in eighth place. Lukaku drifted out to the right and saw his pass inside ricochet off a couple of defenders.

Lukaku's compatriot Kevin Mirallas finally broke the deadlock for the Toffees in the 39th minute, firing home a rebounded effort from Ross Barkley after Ben Foster had parried the ball to his path.

Everton started brightly and dominated the opening stages, with Lukaku setting up Ross Barkley whose first-time shot from just outside the area flew high and wide.

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It took until the 82nd minute for Lukaku to add to his goal haul against one of the clubs he was sent out on loan to during his three-year Chelsea career. With Gareth Southgate watching here, Barkley was involved in Everton's first and last goal while Davies must also surely be in the England manager's thoughts for a call-up next week.


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