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Wayne Rooney revels in goal-scoring return to Everton blue

13 August 2017

"Then I believe we can fight against them".

"We've got some tough games coming up so it's important we got off to a good start".

That's because the Toffees play Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in four of their opening six league games.

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

"We spent money, but everyone is spending money and it is a big competition".

That gap of 4,869 days is the longest between goals for the same club in the Premier League.

Both teams began with three at the back and it was the away side who looked more incisive early, targeting the space in behind Everton's wing-backs.

"We have the experience of what we need to pay for players who came here and had one year of contract", Koeman told reporters. The best proof of that is their activity in the transfer market, as they stand pat with the exception of acquiring Bruno Martins Indi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

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Negotiations with Porto have proved frustrating but Press Association Sport understands a deal just in excess of B£7million has now been agreed and the player has settled his own outstanding contractual issues with the Portuguese club, which had been a contributory factor in delaying the deal. Let's hope we get an agreement as soon as possible.

In stoppage-time, Rooney once again took possession in midfield, quickly moving the ball wide before making a perfectly-time burst forward.

"They've brought good players in but lost key players too, like Lukaku".

A superb save from Pickford, denying Xherdan Shaqiri in the closing moments, ensured Rooney wasn't denied his winning return.

Rooney had already played one home game - a Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok - in his second spell as an Evertonian following his close-season move from Manchester United.

The young striker swung in a ideal cross that found Rooney in a surprising amount of his space and the veteran used all his experience to send the ball back across the 'keeper to send Everton into the dressing room a goal to the good.

Indeed, he linked-up well with Calvert-Lewin and started to get the crowd behind him.

Wayne Rooney revels in goal-scoring return to Everton blue