Everton in a hard moment - Koeman

Ronald Koeman manager of Southampton and Eddie Howe Manager of Bournemouth greet prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium

Ronald Koeman and Eddie Howe

He said: "Yes he was (good) and is (in my thoughts)".

The England Under-21 forward was subsequently denied a superb hat trick as his header came back off the post, before substitute Niasse marked his first Everton first-team appearance since May 2016 by registering his maiden goal for the club with seven minutes to go.

'His attitude has been positive. "If there wasn't then he wouldn't get a chance yesterday".

Speaking in his native Killybegs last week, Coleman told the Donegal Democat: "The physios are a wee bit reluctant to put time on things because from one day to the next you never know".

Koeman continued: "Let's hope it will be positive".

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However, Koeman was reluctant to paint Wednesday's success as any more than a "first step" and challenged his side to hit a run of form in the league. "We had a good game at home and three points against Stoke". He's listening. he tries to show his commitment, he can play different positions - No 9, 11, 7, he can play with two strikers.

The Dutchman believes Everton can now build on Wednesday's performance and feels confidence levels are starting to creep up as they prepare to face Bournemouth on Saturday.

"In a hard period, the best medicine is scoring goals and winning games". Everybody knew the fixtures would be really hard. Now it's all about now.

After being frozen out of the first team by Ronald Koeman and sent out on loan to Hull last season, it felt as though the 27-year-old would never feature at Goodison Park again.

'I think he's making big steps at the moment, and nobody knows where it will end.

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Asked about those remarks yesterday as he looked ahead to tomorrow's home clash with Bournemouth, the Dutchman said: "It's insane, ridiculous to put a lot of pressure on the team by saying we need to finish in the top four".

"Everybody signed new players".

"It is still a young player, (and) sometimes you need to protect him".

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