Ronald Koeman admits Saturday’s goalless draw with Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough was a fair result for both teams.

Reflecting on a battling display against both the elements and a resolute opposition, the Blues boss said: “it was a fair result for both teams and the weather conditions made it really tough to play. We know it is difficult to create chances against Middlesbrough.”

Everton did have several chances to break the deadlock. Romelu Lukaku and Ademola Lookman were both denied by Victor Valdes when through on goal.

But Koeman was philosophical about his side’s spurned opportunities to score and joked his top scorer Lukaku should’ve reserved one of his four strikes against Bournemouth last week for the Riverside Stadium.

“It was difficult for him, but he needs to concentrate. He will always get his chance. He had a big one but Valdes did a great job to make two or three big saves and keep his clean sheet.

“Maybe it would have been better to score one less last weekend. That was crazy football. He worked hard, but the goalkeeper did well.”

Koeman concluded his post-match thoughts on a positive note, and says his team’s eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League has given them a good platform to push on in the remainder of the season.

“We know it’s difficult but it’s a clean sheet and a point. It’s the fourth clean sheet in the last six games and that’s where it starts.”



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