Dominic Calvert-Lewin believes the manner of Everton’s thrilling comeback win over Watford can be used as a platform to climb up the Premier League table.
The Blues trailed 2-0 at Goodison Park following goals from Richarlison and Christian Kabasele, before Oumar Niasse’s determination earned the hosts a way back into the game with 23 minutes of normal time remaining.
Calvert-Lewin was then brought into the fold from the substitutes’ bench and quickly repaid boss David Unsworth’s faith by heading home his first league goal of the season to level proceedings.
Leighton Baines edged Everton in front from the penalty spot in stoppage time, before former Blue Tom Cleverley missed an even later spot-kick to ensure the Toffees secured three precious points.
Calvert-Lewin says it was “a special feeling” to get back to winning ways in front of the home crowd after “leaving everything out on the pitch”.
Speaking to evertontv after the final whistle, the forward said: “The manner of the win was special. It was not just that we won the game - it was how we won it.
“Unsy said, coming into the game, we need to give it our all for the fans, run as hard as you can and leave it all on the pitch. That is what we did. We dug deep, we tackled hard, we ran hard and we got the result.
“When I came on, Oumar had just scored and the momentum of the game had shifted. It was a good time to come on for me and I knew I had to come on and, as Unsy told me, give it my all. That’s what I tried to do and, thankfully, I’ve helped win the game.
“The way Goodison erupted at the end… it’s a special feeling.
“There is no better feeling when you hear the final whistle and then the roar of the fans. For me - and I can speak for all the players - I wouldn’t say relief but it’s such a good feeling to get a win at Goodison and to start climbing up the table.”
Calvert-Lewin was extra thankful to help Unsworth, with whom he worked as a youngster at Sheffield United, record his first win since taking temporary charge of the Club.
As teammate Baines also alluded to, Calvert-Lewin believes the former defender’s team talks inspired the players to victory.
“[The team-talk] had a massive impact,” added Calvert-Lewin. “We all know how much Unsy loves the Club and I think that’s rubbed off on the players, with the desire he has to win games.
“Scoring the goal is made extra special because he was in charge. I had a feeling I was going to score today and it was fitting that Unsy was here. I felt like it was about time I nicked the goal and the manner of it made it even better. To shake Unsy’s hand at the end was a good feeling.
“I think that showed in our performance and how we played - the mentality he brings to the Club. We’re all doing our best for him at the moment and it’s great to win the game. Who knows what will happen in the future? As players, all we can do is give our all for Unsy at the moment.”
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