First Goal Of The Season Delights Youngster
Midfielder Tom Davies has been speaking of his delight at opening his Everton account for the campaign in the match against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
With Gylfi Sigurdsson and Oumar Niasse giving us a two nil advantage in the game at Goodison Park, Davies popped up in the 75th minute to add a strike of his own and with manager Sam Allardyce calling on him to add more of a final product to his game, he knew the timing had been perfect.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, a delighted 19 year old said he was 'very proud' to get his first goal and with it coming at the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End it only made it feel 'extra special'.
'It was a great win for us and I am very proud to get my first goal of the season. It is always good to score - but doing it in front of the Gwldays Street was extra special. Gylfi did well and I have a lot to thank him for. I hung back and the ball fell nicely for me, so I could not miss that one.'
Davies went on to say that over the last few weeks especially he feels he's kicked on his game following some hard work on the training ground.
'I am starting to feel I can cement a place in the team and have been progressing in the past few games. That position is where I like to play, and those two (Rooney and Gueye) allow me to get forward and do what I do. It is really helpful for my game and I think the three of us work well together. For me to get into the team, and to be playing and scoring here, is an unbelievable feeling. It is hard to put it into words.'
With a marked difference between home and away form, Davies went on to say that rather than balancing it up, Everton need to maintain our home showings and then get our away trips up to the same standard to really finish the season on a high as the players are looking up the table.
'We definitely feel more confidence in front of our own fans and need to take that mentality and attitude into our away games - then we will get some more results. We need a few more results but we definitely want to be looking up, rather than thinking about what is behind us. We will aim to finish as high as we can.'
He ended with some thoughts about the Palace game itself.
'It was a tight first half against Palace - they are a good side and quite direct. We struggled to get into the positions where we could hurt them. But scoring the goal straight after half-time opened up the game a bit more and we became a lot more fluent. It was vital to win, we were not good last week. But our home form has been good and to come back and do that was brilliant. We were glad we could put on a performance for the Everton fans. We are disappointed we did not get the clean sheet, but a win is a win and we are all buzzing.'