Everton boss Koeman explains what impact Wayne Rooney will have at Goodison


It's great that we got so many players in early as we've been able to work together for almost a month before the first game, get to know each other and how everyone plays.

"1-0 is not a bad result, maybe everybody expected a bigger result at home but everybody needs to know that it's the third week of pre-season and they can not expect 100%".

"But it was an important game for us so I had to put my emotions to one side".

But Koeman maintains that the result remains is a positive one, especially considering it comes just three weeks into his team's pre-season schedule.

It was Leighton Baines who grabbed the headlines on Thursday evening, as he scored the game's only goal in the 65th minute.

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"We're treating the competition seriously but it's also part of our pre-season as well because of the way it's panned out".

Rooney played the full 90 minutes, but struggled to find space up front before dropping into a deeper role following the introduction of Sandro Ramirez in the second half.

But the main focus of attention remained Rooney, 31, throughout the tie. "But I think the whole team was". 'I was a bit disappointed not to do that before but now I'll have a chance. "They (Ruzomberok) know they will have to do more than they did and maybe that makes it a different game for us".

With £30million goalkeeper Jordan Pickford regaining his fitness and therefore selected only on the bench, Ronald Koeman gave debuts to Michael Keane, Davy Klassen and Cuco Martina.

'In the league we only have 70 English players, and so we certainly aren't ruling anybody out'. Even a draw will net incredible profits at 10.00, but if you want the smart bet, expect a blowout by the Toffees at least 3-0.