Michael Keane has given his verdict on how Everton performed in their recent defeat against Fulham.

Everton lost 1-0 against Fulham in their opening game of the Premier League season. However, Sean Dyche’s side were dominant for much of the match and will feel unlucky to have been given no reward for their efforts.

The Toffees created plenty of chances and, largely, defended diligently. Ultimately, though, they were unable to beat Bernd Leno and find the back of the Fulham net.

Defender Michael Keane believes that there are plenty of positives to take from Everton’s overall performance. Speaking to the club’s official website, the 30-year-old centre-back said, “I thought we played really well…If we would have got that first goal, everything would have changed. Fulham are a good team, but we were better than them on the day. It’s as simple as that.”

Keane went on to reveal that Fulham themselves recognised that they were fortunate to escape Goodison Park with all three points in the bag. He said, “speaking to their staff, they said that they could not remember a time in which they had so many chances created against them.”

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Same old story for Everton

For fans of the Merseyside club, though, this match was yet another case of very familiar failings raising their ugly head once more. A lack of goals almost had disastrous consequences for Everton last season, as they only avoided relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the campaign. They have now gone into the new term still lacking that all-important clinical edge.

There will be high hopes that summer signings Arnaut Danjuma, Youssef Chermiti, and Jack Harrison can make Dyche’s side into an altogether more prolific unit.

If Everton don’t find a way to regularly apply the finishing touch, then they will almost certainly have to endure yet another season of scrapping for survival towards the bottom of the Premier League table.

Keane was correct to point out the positive aspects of Everton’s performance. Dyche now needs to find a way to iron out this goalscoring flaw though, before it proves fatal to his ambitions for the club.

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