Season at Everton already a success, says manager Sam Allardyce

Everton boss Sam Allardyce believes his season has been a success as a 1-1 draw at Swansea moved the Toffees onto 42 points in the Premier League

Sam Allardyce insists his stint at Everton has already been a success after lifting the club comfortably clear of the relegation battle.

Everton’s 1-1 draw at Swansea on Saturday moved Allardyce’s side onto 42 points, putting them ninth in the Premier League table with four games remaining.

It was a fortunate point for Everton, but Allardyce insisted his task for the season had already been achieved, having taken charge in November with the club 13th in the table.

Asked what would constitute this season as a success, Allardyce replied: “I’ve already done it. It’s already been done. It was all about relegation when I got here.

“Now yes we want to finish as high as we can, but what has been achieved is exactly what we needed to do.

“What I’m glad to say is what the players have done, is that they’ve done it far more than anybody else below us, because all those teams are struggling.

“When we had teams like Southampton and West Brom above us when I joined – look where they are and look where we are.”

With Everton’s safety all-but confirmed, it was Swansea who took the game to their opponents at the Liberty Stadium.

A Kyle Naughton own goal handed Everton a fortuitous lead but Swansea deservedly replied in the second half through Jordan Ayew.

Allardyce admits he was happy to leave south Wales with a point, though it could have been all three for Everton as Seamus Coleman’s late close-range strike hit the bar.

“Even though we were in the lead we had to do a lot of battling today against Swansea, fighting for the three points, because of obviously the position they’re in,” Allardyce added.

“We’re the first team to take a point off Swansea in their last five home games, and we knew it was going to be difficult – it was exactly that.

“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves because of our poor passing but we got our noses in front. Swansea’s pressure eventually told but Pickford made some great saves.

“We were nearly the winners when Coleman hit the bar, but I have to say the point overall was satisfying for us. Two games away from home without defeat is moving forward in the right direction.”