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'Four weeks ago we would have lost' - Everton battle back to beat Swansea | Match Report.

Wayne Rooney has been involved in 10 goals in his past nine Premier League games

By Greg O'Keeffe | BBC Sport

Striker Wayne Rooney said Everton have "gone back to basics" after they came from behind to beat Swansea City 3-1 and continue their revival under Sam Allardyce.

The Toffees have won four of their past five games - drawing the other - to climb into ninth in the Premier League.

Rooney sealed Everton's victory from the penalty spot after Martin Olsson was adjudged to have fouled Jonjoe Kenny.

It was the former England captain's second spot-kick of the night - he had earlier had one saved by Lukasz Fabianski, though Dominic Calvert-Lewin turned home the rebound.

That brought the Toffees level after Leroy Fer had lost his marker at a corner to open the scoring for Swansea.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's exquisite long-range strike against his former club put Everton ahead after the break, before Rooney's penalty completed the scoring.

"I think the manager has got us back to basics," said Rooney. "If we went a goal down, we had a feeling we wouldn't get back in the game earlier in the season. We are much more solid.

"We didn't play as well as we can do but we showed great character. Four weeks ago we would have lost that game. Hopefully over the Christmas period we can pick up a few more wins."

Swansea, who lost striker Wilfried Bony to injury after just four minutes, will remain in the bottom three over Christmas as Paul Clement's problems worsen.

The visitors had started quickly, with a confidence that belied their lowly status and thrashing by Manchester City last week, looking to take advantage of a sluggish opening from the Merseysiders.

Luciano Narsingh and Tom Carroll drew saves from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but the hosts responded just before half-time when 20-year-old Calvert-Lewin reacted first to net his seventh goal of the season.

Sigurdsson's strike seemed to break Swansea's spirit before referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot for Rooney to score the third, with replays suggesting Kenny had been fouled just outside the area.

"I'm a confident person and believe in myself," said Rooney of his second spot-kick. "If you look at the penalties I have missed, you will see I put a bit of top spin on the ball so someone could follow up. I'm not giving them up. The second one I put my foot through it.

Wayne Rooney has scored 10 Premier League goals for Everton since rejoining his former club in the summer

"I have not set targets for goals, but I am in good goalscoring form and hope that can continue. I feel good and fit. The more I play the better I feel."
Rooney makes the difference again

A penalty saved, one scored, an assist and a standing ovation.

Rooney's return to his boyhood club has been anything but dull so far - and his nerve, vision and fitness were once again key for Allardyce's upwardly mobile side.

The 32-year-old's start was muted in the Goodison mist, seeming heavy-legged and off the pace.

Was he feeling the effects of starting each of the past four Premier League games? His response, eventually, was a clear no.

For such a prodigiously gifted striker of a football, his penalty record is oddly patchy - he has failed to score from 10 of his 33 Premier League spot-kicks.

It took guts to step up again in the second half after Fabianski had saved his earlier effort. But his strength of character and growing stamina shone through, as he ended with a more positive new statistic to savour.

Rooney is now third in the Premier League's all-time assist providers, the pass which found Sigurdsson for the second sumptuous goal putting him ahead of Frank Lampard and behind only Cesc Fabregas and Ryan Giggs.
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