Everton Boss Explains Tactical Change That Angered Fans Against Swansea

Everton were held to a 1-1 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The Toffees were leading until the Swans equalized in the second half.

Everton got close to taking the lead again after hitting the bar but this was followed by Sam Allardyce taking off Yannick Bolasie and replaced him with Ramiro Funes Mori.

Big Sam switched to a defensive 5-3-2 formation for the last 15 minutes of the game.

A section of the visiting Everton fans voiced their anger at the decision but Allardyce explained his decision after the game and why it was the right move.

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“They go with Tammy Abraham upfront so we have to protect that so we protect it with a centre-half,” Allardyce said.

“Then what we do, we shove two upfront, we shove Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun upfront so we can play out off them two and we have to have enough people at the back to cope with what they are going to throw at us.

“So it’s no good us keeping four at the back if they are going to put five up on the frontline because they want to try and go for the win.

“We protect that and have two versus two and if we put the balls up into the right areas to them it leaves them (Swansea) exposed, which is what we did because we had the better chances to win the game in the last 10 minutes to win the game, not them.

“They had the pressure but we coped with that because we made the changes.”

Tosun or Walcott were unable to find the winning goal and Everton had to settle for their second successive draw.

The Turkey international remains on four goals since joining the Toffees in January but did save a ball off the line.

The striker performed well defensively winning three aerial balls and blocking two shots.

Everton take on Newcastle United next at Goodison Park on Monday 23 April.