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Fans' Welcome Lifts Royston

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Royston Drenthe said the buzz of his Everton debut reminded him of making his bow with hometown club Feyenoord.
 
Drenthe has had quite a week, with a raucous reception from the Goodison faithful in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa swiftly followed by a goal when the two clubs’ second strings met on Tuesday night.
 
Now he is desperate for another taste of the action when Wigan arrive in the Premier League on Saturday.
 
“Making my debut was an amazing feeling,” he told evertontv. “It was like playing at Feyenoord again. In Spain it is different. You have some stadiums with that kind of ambience but there are only a couple.
 
“Here it was like making my debut at Feyenoord again. The crowd was really good. I appreciate the chance to play for Everton and hopefully I can now do a good job for the Club.”
 
Drenthe’s goal was the highlight of a 60 minute run-out and set the Blues on the way to a 2-1 victory at the Halton Stadium and gave him a real lift as he bids to reach peak fitness.
 
The Dutchman is playing catch-up as he has not had a pre-season but the signs are looking good following two bright cameos thus far.
 
“At the moment I want to play every game. At Real Madrid I didn’t play any pre-season games,” he added.
 
“It was really important for me to play but also for the young guys. They did very well. In the first half we did not do enough but we changed it round in the second half and in the end I am really glad that we won the game.
 
Of his goal he added: It was a good goal. They had a free-kick but we were looking to attack. We have very quick players in Magaye (Gueye), Conor (McAleny) and me. Magaye put me in – it was not easy – but I shot before the keeper went to the ground and it was in the back of the net. It was a nice goal.”

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