Jordan Pickford was delighted to play his part in Everton’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Oumar Niasse etched his name into the headlines with a brace from the bench, with Tom Davies also catching the eye with a pair of assists as the Blues came from behind to earn victory over the Cherries.
But it was Pickford who also played a telling role in proceedings when he made a vital save to deny Jermain Defoe soon after Joshua King had opened the scoring on 49 minutes.
The Everton glovesman was pleased to have made an impact in an important win for the Toffees.
“Nine times out of 10 Jermain’s going to score - that’s the type of player he is,” he said. “But I’ve done my practice. It was similar to the goal he scored last week [against Brighton]. I didn’t guess - I just waited a bit longer and got the save to my right.
“You know what Defoe is, he’s not one of the best Premier League strikers for nothing. He only needs one chance, but that chance he got on Saturday I have managed to pull the save out.
“It wasn’t a great one but it was the timing of it - it boosted the lads. We kept drilling away and got the result.”
With two wins on the spin, after the midweek Carabao Cup success over Sunderland, the confidence is starting to build within the Everton dressing room.
With two games to play before the next international break in October – against Apollon Limassol on Thursday before hosting Burnley on Sunday – Pickford is targeting two more wins to really build momentum.
“When we went 1-0 down it was tough, but I knew we had a lot of time.” He added. “I think it was only on 50 minutes or so that they scored. We dug in and as long as we didn’t get beat, that was massive for us. Thankfully we’ve come away with three points.
“We’ve got a midweek game in the Europa then Burnley on Sunday, so if we get two more results then it’ll be a great couple of weeks and will give us massive confidence for after the international break.”