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Everton caretaker boss Ferguson: Onyango deserved his chance

Everton caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson has explained his substitutions in defeat to Aston Villa.

Everton looked better after they had made a number of substitutions on Saturday, most notably introducing Anthony Gordon into the action who was very impressive once more.

And Ferguson has now explained the decisions behind each of his changes, with Allan and Tyler Onyango both also being introduced from the bench against Villa.

Ferguson told evertontv “I love Tyler, I have a lot of history with him and he did well. Doucs [Abdoulaye Doucoure] is a warrior but he had his injury.

“I made the earlier substitutions to change the momentum. Andre [Gomes] had a yellow card… and I wanted to put Allan in there because he has great fighting spirit.

“He'd been off for a week and only trained on Friday but he gave us everything.

“I wanted Anthony to get at them, he gave us legs and I thought he did really well.

“It was a game of few chances in the first half, Villa had a couple but we never really had any. Then a set-piece did us.

“The boys pushed hard in the second half, there was plenty of effort and a few half chances and we should have put one of them in.

"We will go back to work and do all we can to get that result we need."

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