Idrissa Gana Gueye believes Everton’s late equaliser against Manchester United provides an ideal platform for the busy festive period.
The 27-year-old Senegalese international was brought down inside the area by Marouane Fellaini in the dying minutes of the game, allowing Leighton Baines to convert from 12 yards to cancel out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half opener.
Gana, who is set to miss up to a month of the season when he departs for the Africa Cup of Nations in the New Year, believes the Blues’ late show will provide a timely confidence boost.
“It was good to get a point - it was important,” he told evertontv. “We were in a hard moment but I think it’s a good point that will give us confidence for the next game.
“Manchester United are a difficult team to play against, but we played well today in the second half and that’s why we scored the goal and got one point from the game.
“We liked the intensity of our game in the second half. Looking ahead, that is what we need to do for the whole game.
“We need to keep working hard on the training ground and that will help us to play well on the weekend.”
Gana scooped the Man of the Match award for another industrious display, which included keeping United’s world record signing Paul Pogba at bay.
“I really enjoyed it,” he added. “Paul Pogba is a good player and he gave me problems, but Gareth Barry - and the rest of the team - helped me out.
“No matter if it’s against Pogba or another player, I always enjoy playing with my team.”