Sam Allardyce has praised Everton’s backroom staff for working around the clock to deliver “a fantastic amount of information” to help the Blues to their five-match unbeaten run.
The Toffees’ fine resurgence under Allardyce continued on Wednesday with a 1-0 win at Newcastle, making it five matches without defeat for the Club – conceding just a single goal in the process.
The St James’ Park success was also Everton’s first Premier League away win since January as the Blues strengthened their position in the top half of the table.
With the games coming thick and fast since his appointment as manager at the start of the month, Allardyce gave praise to his team of analysts for giving his squad crucial information which he believes has been key to the team’s resurgence.
After Wayne Rooney’s 27th-minute winner proved the difference against Newcastle, Allardyce said: “It’s not rocket science, it’s simplifying and making things easier for players to make decisions to win back confidence, get results and take us forward.
“Then there’s those other things about finding space, making space, closing down the opposition and showing players how it’s done. Not just on the field of play today but visually through the technology I use and the amount of work the analysts use.
“They’ve been on overtime since I’ve been here. I don’t think they’ve had much sleep but they’ve delivered a fantastic amount of information for the players to look at and take that on to the pitch. We haven’t been able to spend too much time on the training ground because we’ve got so many games at the moment so the analysts are delivering visuals on a constant basis and that’s been working.”
Victory in the north east puts Everton level on points with ninth-placed Watford ahead of Monday’s visit of Swansea to Goodison.
And for a manager renowned for inspiring teams to an upturn in form, even Allardyce admits his start with the Blues has been his best yet.
“It pleases me even more than we’ve achieved an away win and gave another defensive performance which for the most part kept Newcastle quiet,” he added.
“I’ve come into football clubs in trouble before but never turned around results so quickly. One goal conceded – three wins and a draw – you can’t get much better than that.
“This squad I’ve got will get even better when the likes of Coleman, Baines, Bolasie, McCarthy and Barkley return from injury.
“It’s important that we keep this momentum going for the busy Christmas period.”