Mateusz Hewelt says he was delighted to save a penalty and keep a clean sheet as Everton Under-23s began their Premier League 2 campaign with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Goals from David Henen and Matty Foulds in the final 11 minutes ensured David Unsworth’s side took away all three points at Broadhall Way.
Before those two strikes, goalkeeper Hewelt made an excellent one-on-one save in the first half and a superb stop at full stretch to keep out Shayon Harrison’s powerful 20-yard drive midway through the second period.
Hewelt also denied Harrison from the penalty spot - and the 19-year-old custodian later thanked Brendan Galloway for a helpful tip-off!
He told evertonv: “It was a funny one because the videos [before] showed I should go to my right - so that’s what I was going to do. But then Brendan Galloway, who knew the penalty taker, told me to go left, so I went that way and saved it.
“[The penalty save] gives you confidence. It kept our clean sheet and we managed to go on and get the win, so it’s very pleasing.
“We’re very happy with the result. Tottenham are a good side and they really pressed us in the first half, but we came out well in the second half, showed our fitness and won the game.
“Obviously Unsy was a defender so he loves a clean sheet, just like we all do. Even at the very end of the game when there was only a couple of minutes left and we were 2-0 up, it’s still something that’s important to everyone and we made sure we fought for the clean sheet right until the end.”