Everton Under-23s’ unshakeable belief in their ability has seen them to the brink of landing the Premier League 2 title, says Liam Walsh.
The midfielder was on target in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Friday night, a result that sees his side six points ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who play on Monday at Liverpool and then a week on Friday against Southampton.
It means David Unsworth’s charges, who also boast a goal difference eight better than City’s, could land the crown if their closest rivals fail to win against both of their remaining opponents.
However, Walsh is confident that, if necessary, the young Blues will get the job done when they concluded the campaign against Liverpool at Goodison Park on Monday 8 May.
“We are all winners in that dressing room – we all hate losing, and even drawing games,” he told evertonfc.com
after Friday’s draw. “It doesn’t matter if it’s in training, we’re still the same.
“We know we are a good team. Against Chelsea, towards the end we just couldn’t find a late winner. Even when they got the second goal to equalise, we believed in ourselves and thought we would get another chance.
“We have just got to be a bit more clinical in front of goal, although their goalkeeper had a great game and kept them in it throughout.
“We knew a point at Chelsea would probably be enough given our goal difference. But we wanted to win this game to ensure we could go and lift the title at Goodison next week.”
Walsh and his fellow Under-23s are relishing the chance to run out at the Grand Old Lady, with free entry for Evertonians wanting to come and support them
“Now we are all hoping for a big finish at Goodison,” he added. “We want to win in every derby we play in, but knowing that it could be for the league title gives it that little bit extra edge.
“We’ll go in at 100 per cent and we’ll win that game.”