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Long: Dunc Helped With Goal

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Chris Long has revealed Duncan Ferguson's part in his first Everton goal.
The Academy graduate and boyhood Blue was overjoyed to net a fine opener against SC Paderborn on Saturday before the Germans completed a 3-1 reverse.
Collecting a pass from Leighton Baines on 12 minutes, Long turned, dragging the ball away from his marker in one movement before curling a powerful strike into the top-right corner.
And speaking to evertontv after the final whistle, the Liverpool-born 19-year-old admitted he had taken guidance from the former forward-turned-coach.
He explained: "I'd tried that trick before and when Baines hit the ball to me I thought I may be able to whip it into the far corner.
"I used to work on it in training with the Under-18s and Big Dunc used to teach me. We've worked on it the past few years.
"It's the best feeling in the world, especially when you support Everton. I can't describe what I'm feeling right now. Aside from the loss, I'm made up with the goal."
Despite ending pre-season with defeat, Long admits it was a proud conclusion to the summer following his ascension into the senior squad.
"I've loved being with the first-team for the last two months," he added.
"I was with the Under-21s for a week in pre-season and then the gaffer told me I was going to be with them.


"I've taken it in my stride and I'm loving it."

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