Morgan Feeney has revealed Everton’s band of young Blues were helped through their Europa League examination in Cyprus by taking guidance from their more senior teammates.
Feeney made his full Everton debut in the final group E encounter with Apollon Limassol as the Toffees ran out 3-0 winners thanks to Ademola Lookman’s first-half brace and a late effort from Nikola Vlasic.
Joining Feeney in a starting XI that had an average age of under 23 were debutants Harry Charsley, 21, and Fraser Hornby, 18, while Academy products Nathan Broadhead, Alex Denny and Anthony Gordon also stepped off the bench to make their Everton bows late on.
But Feeney insists the team’s success in Nicosia was down to the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Joel Robles and skipper Morgan Schneiderlin leading by example in the Cypriot capital.
“That’s definitely the case and they’ve done it all week since we’ve been with them,” boyhood Blue Feeney told evertontv.
“They’ve helped us through it, they’ve got us through the game, just told us to relax and enjoy it, so we can’t be thankful enough for all that.”
Feeney’s own debut came as a substitute in the 5-1 home defeat to Atalanta a fortnight ago and the Bootle-born defender admits he was happy to help the Club end its European campaign on a positive note.
“I loved it, I love just playing,” he added. “Obviously Mo [Besic] helped me through the game being an experience pro and I was grateful for that.
"I thought all the lads did well.
“The fans, too. They are always brilliant and get over no matter where we play, so it was important that we finished the group strong and got the win and the clean sheet for them.
“We’re buzzing that they could come and that was for them.”