Allardyce admits Everton get homesick

Allardyce admits Everton get homesick

Allardyce admits Everton get homesick

According to Allardyce, Zaha is going to be back in action sooner than expected after the Cote d'Ivoire global had been feared out of the season. "Then you have the pace of Theo Walcott on the flank and the little tricks that Gylfi was pulling out - it all helped us get our rewards in the end".

"We struggled to cope in the first 35 minutes".

"You can only make an impact if the rest of the players are playing to their abilities and their capabilities, and we weren't as a team, certainly in the first 30 minutes", he said of Mangala's testing Blues bow.

Allardyce defended his on-loan centre-half Eliaquim Mangala after his hard debut at the heart of the defence against Arsenal. "I thought that some of our football in that period was more than acceptable, but it didn't produce the goal, and the third put the game beyond our reach".

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"There wasn't anything wrong with his performance in the second half".

Allardyce next faces his former club managed by another former England manager in Roy Hodgson and he believes the absence of forward Wilfried Zaha, ruled out for a month with a knee injury, could give Everton the edge.

"To be honest we didn't lose today because we were lacking players, we lost because we were punished for the defensive mistakes that we made. It is more his muscle than to do with his (broken) leg", added Allardyce, whose side registered only their second win in 10 matches to ease the pressure. We never looked in any real trouble throughout.

However, despite the spending sprees, Everton are now 9th in the league, just 9 points adrift of the relegation zone. It's away from home that we've had problems.

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