John Stones needed 10 stitches to repair the cut he received above his left eye at St James’ Park last night – but he says there was no way the nasty wound was going to force him out of Everton’s excellent 3-0 win over Newcastle.
The defender clashed heads with Papiss Cisse in the first half and consequently needed treatment from the Everton medical staff in the away dressing room.
He reappeared sporting a large bandage and helped keep the Magpies at bay, as goals from Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman secured a win that fired the Blues back up to fifth in the table.
Stones told evertontv: “The head’s fine. I can’t really remember much of it. I looked down and there was some blood dripping down so I went off, got sorted and came back on.
“I think there’s about eight to 10 stitches. It was a cut but I wanted to get back on the pitch.
“They train a lot to do these type of things and so a big thanks to them because they were brilliant. They kept me calm and did a really good job. I was back out on the pitch really quickly.”
The clean sheet was Everton’s first in four games and Stones said every single player must take the plaudits for a swashbuckling performance.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the boys in front of me and Sylvain,” added the former Barnsley man. “They did a fantastic job today and a lot of credit goes to them.
“We were very clinical in the final third and me, Sylvain, Bainesy and Seamus had to do our job at the back. It was a very satisfying win.
Barkley’s goal of the season contender was the game’s headline talking point but a strike of such quality didn’t surprise the England Under-21s defender.
Stones continued: “I cleared it and then Ross just set off. I was thinking he is going all the way here. I was saying ‘shoot now’ as he went across the box but what a goal.
“That’s a daily thing for Ross – he will do things out of the ordinary.”
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