talkSPORT exclusive: ‘All I’ve done is stop them conceding goals’ – Sam Allardyce on his Everton revival
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT his full focus since being appointed as Everton’s new manager has been to stop the side leaking goals.
The Toffees boss says ‘things are moving in the right direction’ at the club, having stabilised the team since taking over from caretaker David Unsworth at the end of November.
The Merseyside club did have one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League this season, but under ‘Big Sam’ they have kept three clean sheets in four games – including Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over his former club Newcastle.
And quizzed about his start at Goodison Park, Allardyce told talkSPORT host Jim White: “Things are moving in the right direction after what was a very disappointing run for Ronald [Koeman], which ended up losing him his job.
“In the end, I’ve helped the players to organise themselves to stop the goals going in – that’s all I’ve done.
“The rest of the football in possession I’ve left to them, I’ve left it to them to get on with their qualities to try and create goals.
“I’ve just given them the solid base to build from. I said to them – ‘Get a clean sheet. It’s a big, big problem at the club at the moment and if you just do that first, you will get results and confidence will grow’ – and that’s exactly what’s happened.
“I’d say that we’re not playing at our best yet, but when confidence is growing the football should hopefully become more fluent and we’ll become a more attacking and adventurous side when that confidence grows.”
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