Everton boss Ronald Koeman says the club are in a difficult moment after he saw his side beat Sunderland 3-0 in the Carabao Cup.
Two goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a late strike from Oumar Niasse helped the Toffees see off Sunderland of the Championship as Everton brought an end to a run of four successive defeats without scoring in all competitions.
“Overall positive,” said Koeman. “If we can rest some players for the weekend even against a Championship club we know every game in every competition can be a difficult one. We worked hard, the boys did well and we scored three goals It was a good game. maybe we had chances to score more goals.
“Everybody knows we’re in a difficult moment and scoring goals and winning games is the best medicine to get our confidence back. Let’s hope it is a boost for the coming Saturday.”
Youngster Calvert-Lewin netted either side of half-time as Koeman’s side registered their first win since beating Hajduk Split in the Europa League in early August, and the manager was impressed with the impact of the England U21 international.
“He did well. He’s strong, he’s fast. I think the first goal was really important. We were by far the better team but you have to make the difference by scoring.”
Sunderland, 21st in the Championship, were limited to few chances at Goodison Park as Everton largely out-played Simon Grayson’s side, who have only won once in the league this season.
“We knew they would drop back and defend in a small space. I think we didn’t bring enough tempo in the game and we were too slow from the back and it was difficult. It’s all about going through to the next round.”