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Posted on 9 May 2009  - 12:00

Everton's assistant boss Steve Round admitted it took a while for the Toffees to get to grips with our system in Saturday's goalless draw.

Opposition view

Everton's assistant boss Steve Round admitted it took a while for the Toffees to get to grips with our system in Saturday's goalless draw.

Harry Redknapp switched to a 5-3-2 system, employing three central defenders in Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Vedran Corluka with Alan Hutton and Gareth Bale in wing-back roles.

We certainly had the better of the first half while Everton grew stronger in the second half but chances were few and far between. Indeed, neither goalkeeper made a save of any note.

"It took us a while to get going," said Round. "They surprised us by playing a 3-5-2 formation and it took us about 30 minutes to adjust the midfield to deal with that.

"We did that and for the last 15 minutes of the first half we took control and started to get onto the front foot.

"I think we should have nicked it in the end.

"They were very good for the first 30 minutes but after that I thought the only team that was going to win it was us.

"I can only remember one chance they had - a good one for Jermain Defoe. But we were pushing them hard in the second half. Tim Cahill whistled one past a post and we hit the woodwork as well."