Sam Allardyce hoping to 'dig one out' against Stoke
Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits his side might have to “dig one out” at Stoke City if they’re to end their away day blues but such an approach could still include Wayne Rooney playing deep in midfield.
Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion was a third successive Goodison win for Allardyce’s team but they have won just a single Premier League away game over the past 14 months – against one of his former clubs Newcastle United back in December.
As much as the Blues boss is satisfied with their home form, he acknowledges that results need to improve on their travels.
“I’ve got to make that transition from Goodison to away and try and produce the same quality of performance that we deliver here.
“It appears to be a mentality problem because it’s happened for so long but there are so many new players here so it’s difficult to put your finger on.”
Allardyce added: “There have been three managers and three sets of new players almost and you’ve still got the same problems.
“I’ve got to try and work that out. Whether we go and say to ourselves ‘we have to go and dig one out’ like we did at Liverpool or West Brom it’s for us to decide next week.
“We could play on the break and use Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott as breakout areas while conceding the majority of possession."