Toffees icon stepped up to the spot in the dying moments to salvage a point for his struggling side
RONALD KOEMAN hailed “world-class” Wayne Rooney for the last-gasp spot-kick that could have saved him the sack.
Rooney’s 90th-minute equaliser spared the Everton boss a fifth defeat in six Premier League games — and silenced Brighton fans’ taunts of “You’re getting sacked in the morning!”
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Koeman said: “Taking penalties is not usually the most difficult job but at that moment, yes, it’s totally different.
“It’s 1-0 down in a difficult situation and the team needs points.
“If you keep your calmness in these situations that is experience and it’s world class.”
The penalty for Rooney to salvage his side a point came from Bruno’s elbow on Dominic Calvert-Lewin while attempting to defend a free-kick.
And Koeman praised the commitment of his side after going behind to Anthony Knockaert’s 82nd-minute opener.
He said: “I take several good positives out of the match.
“The aggression, the commitment of the players.
“You need to fight and play well — even at 1-0 down I thought we could come back because we showed that belief and took a risk.”
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