Calvert-Lewin On First Premier League Strike
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was obviously a pleased and delighted man as he scored his first Premier League goal in the weekend's victory over Hull City.
Hosting the side at Goodison Park for the clash, Calvert-Lewin got us under way on the day as Tom Davies picked up on a through ball from Ross Barkley in the ninth minute and then served the ball on a plate to Calvert-Lewin to give us the advantage. Late second half we saw Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku (brace) join him on the scoresheet to give us the four nil win and register our sixth straight home victory.
The three points also moved us into sixth place in the Premier League table prior to Manchester United's victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Speaking to evertonfc.com Calvert-Lewin was obviously thrilled with his maiden senior strike and there was a lot of thanks for Davies in setting him up.
'The goal was set up by my good mate Davo. You couldn`t have wrote it better. He`s got down the line - I`ve seen he`s put the ball in and I`ve tried to get to the far post. It`s missed a few players and it fell to me. I couldn`t have wished for a better opportunity. I didn`t really know what I was doing on the celebration! I`m just over the moon.'
Reflecting on the game itself, he largely echoed the words of manager Ronald Koeman in terms of how difficult a game it was for us to play because of Hull's organisation on the day.
'It was tough in parts. Hull obviously got a man sent off but Enner has come on and changed the game. That put the comfort there and Big Rom at the end scored two well-deserved goals. His record speaks for itself.'
He went on to say.
'Our home form has been really good this season and we look to continue it every time we play at Goodison. I think the fans have got a big part to play in that and they help us every game. They drive us forward and push us on. When it was 1-0 the fans urged us forward. It does help and it`s a big reason why we are so good at home.'
Phil Jagielka was also full of praise for the youngster following his goal because he knew it had took a lot of spirit for him to keep his positive attitude during his recovery from ankle ligament damage - picked up in the Southampton game last January, just 12 minutes into his first Premier League start.
'It`s great for him to get off the mark because he had been quite unfortunate to get injured so quickly into his home debut. It was great play from Tom and Dom decided run into the box and tapped it home. Conditions were quite tough in the first half - it was lively to say the least. In the second half we played some good stuff. When they went down to 10 men we got our foot on the ball and scored some good goals.'
With two clean sheets since Jags returned to the team, he added of Hull itself.
'We knew it was going to be tough. The last two teams that have come here have tried to make it hard for us. It was important to get the first goal and we did that. We defended the set-pieces well.'