David Unsworth paid tribute to those Evertonians who helped roar his side on to a 2-0 success over Southampton on Monday night.
A bumper crowd of 5,500 watched on as Liam Walsh fired the Under-23s in front after just four minutes, with a Kieran Dowell thunderbolt securing the victory late on.
Unsworth admitted he would have liked to have turned the young Blues’ dominance into more goals but was pleased to have entertained those in attendance.
“I want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of the fans who came out and supported us,” he told evertontv. “It made such a big difference for our players. I am very proud of our fans – it was a great atmosphere.
“I was delighted that we performed for a big crowd and got the goals we did. We should have got more because our dominance was fantastic. I thought it was one of our best performances in terms of being on the front foot, dominating possession and creating chances.
“We carved Southampton open on numerous occasions and created opportunities that we should have put in the back of the net. But I’m complaining about a 2-0 win – and that’s not really anything to moan about!”
The game was also a chance for Evertonians to learn more about the Under-23s Home Is Where The Heart Is campaign.
The young Blues are looking to raise £230,000 to help the city’s homeless and those potentially facing homelessness.
And Unsworth extended his thanks to those who have contributed to the campaign so far. “The campaign and raising awareness of it went parallel to the game, and it was important that we did perform and we did get the win,” he added.
“Everyone went home with a smile on their face and we have helped our charity.
“It’s a wonderful campaign and it is gaining so much momentum now. I can’t thank those helping behind the scenes enough and of course those who have lent their support. It’s all for a fantastic cause.”
You can still donate to the Under-23s Home Is Where The Heart Is campaign via their JustGiving page here