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Carlo: Everton getting there


Carlo Ancelotti and James Rodriguez

Carlo Ancelotti and James Rodriguez

Carlo Ancelotti and James Rodriguez

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti believes his players are starting to show glimpses of how he envisages the side should be playing.

The 5-2 win over West Brom made it back-to-back victories at the start of a season for the first time since 2012-13 and there was plenty to admire, especially in the second half.

With James Rodriguez pulling the strings, full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne pushing on, one of Allan or Abdoulaye Doucoure dropping deep to provide cover and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring a poacher's hat-trick Ancelotti's tactics appear to be taking shape to some success.

"I think we had creativity in front," said the Italian.

"I think we are really dangerous up front because we push with full-backs, we have (Andre Gomes) and James between the lines, we had Calvert-Lewin in a fantastic moment and Richarlison looked dangerous on the counter-attack and in the box.

"This is the reason we had a lot of opportunities. Also on set-pieces we looked dangerous with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina."