Wayne Rooney scores on Everton return, Huddersfield off to dream start

13 August, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Douglas Reid
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The Toffees lost last season's club top striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, and used the money effectively in adding top players, including Rooney.

The decorated forward's goal was the only moment of note in a tiresome opening period.

Rooney, who was full of invention and energy throughout, rose well to meet a fine Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross with a looping header into the far corner on the stroke of half-time.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman heaped praise on new signing Jordan Pickford after the goalkeeper played a key part in Saturday's season-opening win over Stoke City.

Rooney still seems to be getting back to his top fitness level and with tough tests to come against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, as well as a two-legged Europa League first-round play-off tie against Hajduk Split, he is sure to be tested to the max.

"He was clever, he was comfortable on the ball".

"We need to find other ways and we need to find productivity from other players. But we got the three points and that is really important".

But the manager concedes that, for all Everton's shrewd business, it may only allow them to stand still, at least in terms of league position.

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Koeman has already concluded Wayne Rooney's days as a striker are over and he sees the returning Evertonian in a deeper role.

Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are both out with groin and knee injuries respectively.

"We had periods of good control in the game without ever really having those clear cut chances that you need, albeit at the end, Pickford made an outstanding save to protect the result for Everton".

Stoke manager Mark Hughes also struck a frustrated if philosophical figure after the match, admitting Rooney's goal felt somewhat inevitable.

"First of all we have big ambitions", said Koeman ahead of Saturday's league opener at home to Stoke.

While understanding every team in the Premier League has to face each other, playing quality opponents in such a short space of time, is tough for any side to contend with.

"He was always going to be part of the story today".

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