Double Joy For Jagielka

by Adam Clark @Everton

Double Joy For Jagielka

Phil Jagielka may have notched his third goal in six games on Saturday - but the Everton skipper was just as satisfied to help the Blues record a much-wanted shutout.

Centre-half Jagielka opened the scoring at Goodison Park as the Toffees eased to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa - a win aided by only a second clean sheet of the season.

The 18th-minute header from the 32-year-old added to the wonderstrike he produced in last month's Merseyside derby and his recent effort in England's Euro 2016 qualifying success over San Marino.

And while the Everton captain is at odds to explain his unlikely purple patch, experience tells him Saturday's blank at the back can be a trigger for others to follow.

"I think one goal is normally a rich vein of goalscoring form for me!," Jagielka joked. "To get three in a month is fantastic but we were getting fantastic balls put in today and it makes it easier.

"I think it was Bainesy's right foot that swung it in, Rom took everyone out and it was nice for me to be able to nod it in.

"But it was important for us to keep a clean sheet today. We kept a lot of clean sheets last year and it was something we were very proud of.

"It's something for us to build off."

Baines' assist for Jagielka's goal was the left-back's fourth of the campaign.

He later produced a fifth, laying on Seamus Coleman for Everton's third.

And having once again seen the team benefit from some Baines brilliance, Jagielka admitted it was pleasing to reward his teammate's delivery with a clinical touch.

He said: "The amount of balls he puts in is ridiculous and it's nice for him to see people getting on the end of them and putting them in.

"It was also nice to put on a good show today, score a few goals, keep a clean sheet and get back to the sort of standards that we expect of ourselves. And it was nice to hear the fans singing at the end too.

"Hopefully our confidence can come back now and we can climb the table."

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