Gylfi Sigurdsson admitted he needed to be mentally tough to overcome fears it “would be one of those days” after his brace against Fulham.
The Iceland midfielder was left frustrated when his 52nd-minute penalty came crashing back off the crossbar after Denis Odoi’s foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
But Sigurdsson bounced back superbly to score two stunning goals, first fizzing a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, before turning home Bernard’s left-wing cross.
But the 29-year-old revealed he initially felt it would be a luckless day in front of goal, especially when his opportunity from 12 yards failed to hit the back of the net.
“For a minute, I did think it was going to be one of those days,” said Sigurdsson. “But something inside of me just said to forget about it and move on. I had to be strong enough mentally to go on and score or set something up.
“Thankfully I have gone on to score four minutes later. That’s always nice and it gave us a bit of breathing space.
“On the pitch it felt like we were going to create chances. It was just a case of making sure we took them when they came.
“Bernard is a fantastic player – he is really good technically and has got the vision. He’s shown the patience he needed just to keep hold of the ball and then release a perfectly-weighted pass for me to take a touch and pass it into the bottom corner.”
The result, which lifted the Blues up to 11th in the Premier League table, saw Marco Silva’s men snap a four-game winless run.
Despite those frustrating results, Sigurdsson insisted that spirits remained high in the dressing room, a factor which allowed Everton to step up a gear in the second half, after going in to the break level with a Fulham side that had rattled the woodwork through Ryan Sessegnon.
“The result was massive for us, especially after the past two games,” he added. “In the second half we showed what we are capable of and we have got our first clean sheet of the season which is always nice. It was a good three points for us today.
“The feeling in the squad has been positive and we think we are moving in the right direction.
“We have put in some good performances but haven’t quite managed to get the pass or the finish to turn draws into wins. We had that today and overall it was a good performance.”