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No Wayne Rooney rift after Liverpool substitution - Everton boss Sam Allardyce

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has said there is no problem between him and Wayne Rooney following Rooney's angry reaction to being substituted during last Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Rooney was taken off with more than half an hour remaining at Goodison Park and his unhappiness was obvious as he left the pitch.

Speaking ahead of his side's game at Swansea this weekend, Allardyce stressed that there was no rift.

"We're all right, no problem," he said. "Like there's no problem with Yannick Bolasie and there's no problem with Tom Davies. All three of those players I substituted last week.

"You're asking players to be angels. Stop it. We live in a politically correct world as it is -- if somebody stamps their feet we'll be saying you can't do that.

"A reaction from a player when he comes off, of disappointment, is to be expected.

"One would ask him not to do it in the public eye but sometimes that can't be helped. A man as proud of being an Everton fan as him and playing for Everton, that's where the reaction came from."

Rooney has been playing in a deep midfield role but was ineffective against Liverpool and frequently gave the ball away.

"It's the role he wants to play," Allardyce said. "Our tactical change was for the benefit of the team. It's a team game and you make a decision on the day to try and help the team to get a victory."

Rooney was not the only Everton player to struggle, with winger Bolasie's substitution greeted by cheers.

The 28-year-old returned from a year out with a cruciate ligament injury in December and has so far failed to hit the heights he reached in his Crystal Palace days.

Allardyce urged patience, saying: "Everybody expects players to be what they were before they got the injury and, while fit, sometimes it's a little bit longer for some than for others. "It's taken Yannick a little bit longer to get into his stride."

Everton have won only two away league matches this season and the manager said: "You're meeting a team head on on Saturday who are needing points to avoid the drop and the crowd come to get behind them, so we have to be at our best.

"We all know our difficulties this season haven't been at home, our difficulties have been away, and we have to try and put together a performance like we did at Stoke last time."


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