Koeman relieved after Rooney penalty saves point for Everton


Wayne Rooney's last-gasp equaliser from the penalty spot in Everton's 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion means the ex-England captain has now scored against 36 different Premier League clubs.

The goal is unlikely to lift the pressure on Koeman, whose out-of-sorts side are still without an away win since January. "We were up against a very good Everton team, but at that stage I couldn't see them scoring".

Everton head to the south coast having lost their most recent Premier League game 1-0 to Burnley at Goodison Park in what was their final outing before the break for global football.

"Even at 1-0 down I thought we could come back and score a goal".

"It's hard because everyone expected hard results but I did not see my players between after the game against Burnley and either yesterday or today (Friday)". I ask him have any players improved under him?" tweeted a frustrated Joe Anderson, an Evertonian who also wrote, in another tweet: "Most fans wanted him [Koeman] so think he should be given a bit more time.

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Unfortunately for the viewers on the subcontinent there was little spice until the final 10 minutes of an otherwise forgettable encounter on the south coast.

The Blues were staring down the barrel of another defeat after Anthony Knockaert gave the hosts an 83rd-minute lead at the Amex Stadium.

The visitors nearly snatched a victor at the death but Ryan pulled off a fine double save to deny Kevin Mirallas.

Koeman said: "I don't know what Keane said about the situation". He played really well and they were two great saves.