Gaetan Bong put through his own net on the hour mark, before January signing Cenk Tosun smashed into the net in the 76th minute and Rooney could even afford to miss his penalty. "We all felt it, I think you do".
Knockaert was straight off for a two-footed lunge on Leighton Baines, and his tackle produced an angry response from the returning full-back and Toffees defender Seamus Coleman after Baines' three month lay off with a calf strain. Any player in that position, playing for any team, it's a team game, and it will see him missing three games.
Allardyce said: "I think the quality told in the end". I thought he was our prompter.
"It's just a shame Wayne didn't finish off what would have been an outstanding performance".
"Overall a very good performance, which isn't unusual at home - it is what has been delivered on a regular basis". Rooney was one of four changes for Everton from the defeat at Burnley last weekend and helped the hosts threaten early on. On that basis we are a top-six side in points gained, and on an away basis we have to improve because we are right down at the bottom.
"We're the ones who won't benefit from that, and he certainly won't".
Sam Allardyce named the attacking lineup at home that fans have been clamoring for all season long, more out of necessity than anything with Idrissa Gueye injured.
"I have no problems with the red card, it is a red card".
"He could have got a lot of criticism if I'd played him too soon, and they'd all have started saying: 'What a waste of money, ' as happens across the football world, but we were patient with him and he worked really hard".
"I was surprised, particularly with the form we've been in".