"We are up for the challenge ahead and players have bought into the new formation". We can give them that opportunity.
When asked if there had been any progress, Phelan said: "Nothing has developed".
"We know we needed to start quicker than what we did and handed the initiative to Hull who were more than happy to take it".
"I'm doing my job".
"I'm trying to get around games, trying to see players", he said. That's been hard in the past, getting players into the club, but it's not impossible.
The game was an entertaining one from the off, but Everton looked like they had overdone it over the festive period, and their sluggishness was punished as Dawson superbly broke the deadlock - the Tigers' first league goal in 287 minutes. "We need the same attitude on Friday".
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While Everton will certainly fancy their chances of inflicting another defeat, Koeman has emphasised he was impressed by some of what he saw from Hull in their last two outings, a 1-0 reverse at West Ham and 3-0 home loss to Manchester City. If you have that quality in, then you keep that.
The 5/6 (1.83) quote on BTTS "No" could well prove popular with punters, while the odds compilers offer 13/10 (2.30) that the toothless Tigers once again draw a blank - a selection that would have paid dividends at the end of normal time in five of Hull's last six games in all competitions.
"So don't focus on positions in the table".
Stekelenburg was ruled out of the 2-0 win at Leicester on Boxing day by a dead leg and remains sidelined, with Joel Robles set to continue in his place.
Fellow midfielder Muhamed Besic is on track to return in February from his knee injury, while Bryan Oviedo has resumed training after suffering a knock in training.
Mike Phelan's side have conceded nine penalties in the Premier League this season, four more than any other side.