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Mirallas: Goal Was For My Parents

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Kevin Mirallas says Saturday's wondergoal against Aston Villa was for his mum and dad.

Mr and Mrs Mirallas travelled over from Belgium for the game at Goodison Park and witnessed their son curl home a stunning free-kick winner with just five minutes remaining.

It was a near carbon copy of the 26-year-old's set-piece strike against Norwich City in early January and his third goal in five games.

And speaking after the final whistle, Mirallas said: "I practice free-kicks every day to try to get them right on the day of the game. Today I'm very happy because my father and my mother came to see the game and it was a good goal."

In the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore, Mirallas was deployed further forward as a lone frontman until the second-half introduction of Steven Naismith.

The substitute helped spark Everton to life and cancelled out Leandro Bacuna's 34th-minute opener before Mirallas made his majestic contribution.

"Today I played as a striker," said Mirallas. "It's not my best position but I worked for the team. It was a nice goal and it was very important to win today because in the last game against Liverpool we played badly, it was a bad result and we needed a win."

Don't miss your next chance to see the Blues in action. Tickets for the game against Crystal Palace (Wednesday 12 February, 7.45pm) are now on general sale. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878.

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