Everton captain Seamus Coleman has admitted the squad regretted not having fans in attendance to see them make a "massive statement" against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti's side got their Premier League campaign off to a great start with a 1-0 away victory over Spurs thanks to a second half header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Much of the talk around the match was dominated by three blues signings all making their debuts for the club - Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Coleman was full of praise for the trio and believes Everton made people sit up and take notice with their performance, but is still disappointed there were no fans there to say it.

The captain told his programme notes for the West Brom match : "To have three debutants in the side after very little time for training with the rest of the squad may have been seen as a bit of a gamble but if it was, didn’t it pay off!

"I thought all three of the new lads played as though they’d been with us for years and, as a collective, we were very good as a team.

"I said afterwards that it was more than just a win for me.

"It was a massive statement that last season has gone and that we are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

"Nobody here is getting carried away but I am sure that neutral observers would have watched that game and sat up to take notice.

"The only shame was that none of our supporters were there to see it.

"Obeying the rules and regulations is still the right thing to do, but I was far from being the only player in the dressing room at Tottenham expressing my regret that we didn’t have 3,000 delirious fans behind the goal."

Everton followed up their win over Spurs at the weekend with a victory over Salford City at Goodison Park on Wednesday to secure their progression to the third round of the League Cup.

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Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moise Kean scored in the 3-0 win, but Anthony Gordon and Niels Nkounkou in particular were the stars of the show with their performances.

And Coleman has described the frustration the winger had following the match as a number of efforts went so close to finding the net.

The defender added: "The manager then took the chance to give some more of his players some game time in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and the lads were very professional in a match that could easily have ended in a far more convincing win.

"Anthony Gordon was a bit frustrated afterwards having done everything he could to score without actually doing so, but I assured him that his goals will come, of that there is no doubt, and that the time to worry is when he’s not creating chances for himself or getting on the end of opportunities provided by others."

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