Everton manager Ronald Koeman has told the club's official monthly magazine how a change of approach in home games is finally providing Toffees' fans with the type of performances they have been longing for in recent years.
The notoriously vociferous Goodison Park had grown increasingly agitated with Everton's tepid home displays under former manager Roberto Martinez; with the former Swansea manager opting to employ a harmless, deep-lying possession based game rather than taking the initiative to opponents, an unpopular approach which yielded just five home victories and ultimately led to the Spanish manager's unceremonious dismissal at the end of last season.
However, since controversially leaving his role at Southampton to take over the Everton reins during the summer, revered tactician Koeman has taken steps to repair the discord between the Toffees' players and the Goodison Park crowd, after highlighting where the team have been going wrong in recent seasons.
Speaking to the club's official monthly magazine, Koeman explained that his side are now capable of utilising a more direct approach during home games, and he believes that a pressing game with a higher intensity is helping to get previously disillusioned fans back onside:
“This is one of the reasons that we like to press (at) home because they (the fans) don’t like a team waiting." The Dutch manager explained.
“Sometimes, of course, you need to play football from the back but sometimes direct play can be more dangerous and if you can change that in the game that’s another quality again.
“But I know the people like it when the team fight, when the team is pressing, when the team is playing football and that was one of the targets for us to make that happen in this team.”
With Everton currently sitting in 6th position after their best start to a Premier League campaign for over a decade, Koeman's decision to drastically alter his side's approach has certainly been vindicated, and eight points from their opening four home fixtures is a vast improvement on last season's derisory Goodison Park form.
The Toffees showed great resilience to snatch an unlikely point in their last outing against Pep Guardiola's rampant Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium, and they will be looking to consolidate their position in the top six of the table when they travel to Turf Moor to face Sean Dyche's Burnley on Saturday.