Calvert-Lewin urges Blues to build on Bournemouth victory

Dominic Calvert-Lewin says it is vital for Everton to seize the momentum gained from their pulsating come-from-behind victory over Bournemouth yesterday.

The Blues were staring at the prospect of a fourth successive Premier League defeat when Joshua King blasted the visitors into a 49th-minute lead.

But substitute Oumar Niasse sparked delirious scenes inside Goodison Park when he nodded home a close-range winner, shortly after levelling the match with an emphatic finish on 77 minutes.

Calvert-Lewin had been the goalscoring hero in Everton’s previous game, when he struck a double in the Carabao Cup victory over Sunderland last Wednesday.

Nevertheless, he was happy for Niasse – who also netted against the Wearsiders – to steal the limelight on this occasion. And the 20-year-old was also full of praise for the Senegalese striker’s fellow substitute Tom Davies, who contributed significantly to the creation of both the Blues’ goals.

“Oumar came on and changed the game – I am over the moon for him,” said Calvert-Lewin.

“I was disappointed not to grab one today but Oumar came on and did the job – and we won the game.

“And Tom was brilliant when he came on. We changed the system and went with two up top. Tom went out on the right and was involved in both goals, so he was another one who came on and really changed things for us, which is what substitutes are there to do.”

Everton have only five days’ downtime before they welcome Apollon Limassol to Goodison for Thursday’s Europa League encounter. And a Premier League meeting with Burnley follows hot on the heels of the Cypriots' visit.

Calvert-Lewin, therefore, senses an opportunity for the Blues to inject a real spark into their campaign – and go into next month's international break off the back of a prosperous run of games.

He is also not prepared to bask in the sense of satisfaction he must be feeling after producing two high-octane, multi-faceted individual displays in the past four days.

“It has been a good week for me personally,” said Calvert-Lewin. “I am just looking to keep building on each performance and see where that takes me.

“We knew on Wednesday that we had to win the game against Sunderland – and then take the momentum into Saturday.  

“That is what we have done by going out and getting the three points. Now we have to keep building on it from here - and keep winning games.”


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