Irish Abroad: Coleman admits Everton must tighten up

Irish Abroad: Coleman admits Everton must tighten up

The Irish Post's weekly look at how Irish players got on in the English soccer leagues:

Barclays Premier League

Seamus Coleman cemented his reputation as the key Irish player in the Premier League with a well-taken goal on his return to the Everton starting eleven on Saturday.

Coleman’s headed goal in the 20th minute though was overshadowed by his side throwing away a two goal lead over Arsenal, who rallied to finish the game at 2-2.

Coleman, 25, said afterwards that Everton would now need to improve defensively if they are to have any significant impact this season.

He told the Liverpool Echo after the game: "We were cruising at 2-0 up [against Arsenal] and in the second half I think we've just sat back a bit too much and they've got one which has given them momentum. We need to do better as a unit to keep a clean sheet in the last five minutes. We know we can give anyone a game if we all click and get it right for the full 90 minutes. We're a top, top team and it's just a matter of doing that now.”

Sky Bet League One
In League One Barnsley's Conor Hourihane got on the score sheet in the 22nd minute as his inform side dispensed of Gillingham in a 4-1 game.

Elsewhere Paddy Madden equalised for Scunthorpe United in their 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town 1-1.

Sky Bet League Two
In League Two Conor Clifford continued his fine run of form to ensure Southend United picked up a point at Carlisle United in a 1-1 draw.

Southend had gone 1-0 down in the 43rd minute only for Clifford to pull them level after he found the bottom corner with a low 25-yard attempt, seconds before the half-time whistle.

Elsewhere, James Collins got on the score sheet for Shrewsbury Town in their 1-1 draw with Northampton Town.