Coleman left Everton game with injury

Coleman left Everton game with injury

Coleman left Everton game with injury

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.

"It was always going to be tough to come back from 2-0 down, it always is in this league, but I thought we kept playing and tried to come back".

"We struggled to cope in the first 35 minutes". All goals are defensive mistakes; there isn't a goal you can't not trace back to a defensive mistake somewhere down the line, but we lost because of that - not that we were totally outplayed or because Zaha or Sakho didn't play. "Lots of players haven't played to the potential they have".

Indeed, the Everton boss instead sought to accentuate the positives of a second-half performance he believes saw his team outplay the Gunners.

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. We never looked in any real trouble throughout.

"At home, we're absolutely different class but away we must get better", Allardyce said.

Midfielder Davies all but sealed the victory with a low finish in the 75th minute against a Palace side who showed little threat until Luka Milivojevic converted a late penalty after Ashley Williams handled the ball. "Away from home, we need to be tougher mentally and be able to sit in and dig it out and frustrate a bit more".

The central defender has made 19 appearances since his £30m move from Burnley, but he hasn't been able to replicate the good form that earned him a move from the Clarets in the summer.

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