Wayne Rooney admits he had to put his emotions on hold in order to make his return to Goodison Park.
The Academy graduate played the full 90 minutes as Everton earned a slender 1-0 lead over MFK Ružomberok in their Europa League third qualifying round home leg on Thursday night.
Evertonians had been looking forward to competitive football returning to Goodison, but the buzz around the Grand Old Lady in the build-up to the match was all about Rooney.
And when his name was read out over the tannoy, it was greeted with the biggest cheer of the evening.
It made for a special night for the boyhood Toffee as he made his homecoming in royal blue.
“It was great, obviously,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to it now for the last few weeks and I’m just pleased we got the win. It was a tough game.
“It was obviously great to be out at Goodison and in the blue shirt again. It was a fantastic feeling but it was an important game for us so I had to put my emotions to one side.
“Thankfully, I’ve done that again now and now I can get down to focusing on the football for the up-and-coming months.
“It’s important to remember we’re still very early on in our pre-season, it’s a first 90 minutes for a lot of us and we know we can play better than we did. But it was important we got the win and the clean sheet.”