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Everton Won A Europa League Game With Some Children And No Manager

08 Diciembre 2017

"The players should see it as a real opportunity to grasp and force their way back into the team".

Lookman took his opportunity to impress by heading in the opener in the 21st minute, before he unleashed a long-range rocket soon after to effectively sew up third spot ahead of the Cypriot champions.

"I thought the lads really applied themselves and in the first half played some terrific football".

The youngster has scooped Under-18 and Under-23 Premier League titles with Everton's youth sides and has 14 caps for Ireland Under-21s. His first task must surely be to unite the dressing room and fans behind him.

First team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson led the travelling party that left on Wednesday without Allardyce, who was appointed as the Merseyside club's boss last week.

Of course there's a new management team and a new manager coming in so it's a fresh start for everyone.

Structurally, questions must be asked about the hierarchy and rumours of tension between Chairman Bill Kenwright and majority-owner Farhad Moshiri are to be expected.

"The overall result was the most pleasing thing".

The Dutchman's Everton appeared to lack a cohesive vision in the mould of Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs, given the lack of balance within the current squad. Allardyce's hope will be to build a dearly-lacking winning mentality and some momentum to bring Everton's season up to speed.

The Toffees were already out of the reckoning for last-32 qualification, but put it their best display of the competition so far as five youngsters made their debuts, including 16-year-old Anthony Gordon in the closing stages.

Everton Won A Europa League Game With Some Children And No Manager