Two-goal hero Gylfi Sigurdsson wants Everton to use their impressive 3-0 success at Cardiff City to “really push on” for the rest of the season.
The Blues moved up to ninth in the Premier League thanks to an dominant showing at the Cardiff City Stadium as former Swansea man Sigurdsson enjoyed a happy return to south Wales with a double before Dominic Calvert-Lewin wrapped up the win in injury-time.
Playing their first match for 17 days, Everton had the better of the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded shortly before the break when Seamus Coleman sent a low cross into the area and Sigurdsson was on hand to produce a neat finish into the far corner.
Marco Silva’s men doubled their advantage on 66 minutes as substitute Bernard jinked his way into the box and, when his low cross was parried by keeper Neil Etheridge, Sigurdsson blasted the rebound high into the net.
The Toffees’ playmaker hopes Everton can now use the morale-boosting win as a platform to build a winning run going into Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison.
“It was a very good win,” said Sigurdsson after becoming Iceland’s highest-ever Premier League goalscorer and moving on to 11 for the season in the top flight. “It was a tough evening. They are always tough to play against, especially at home so it was important for us to get the first goal. We did that and I thought we controlled the game afterwards.
“The game was quite even at the beginning, we probably had more of the ball but didn’t create much. Then after the goal we were in control and we kept the ball well. We know they are tough at set pieces, the long throw-ins, and we had to be aware but as a team we defended really well and got the three points.
“It’s always nice to get three points and three goals away from home. We’ve got a tough game on Sunday, a game you look forward to at the start of the season. Hopefully that will be a positive one, too, and then we can really push on.”
Everton, starting with five changes from last time out at Watford on 9 February, wrapped up victory in added time when Idrissa Gana Gueye nutmegged Sol Bamba and tucked a slide pass into Calvert-Lewin for the striker to hit a crisp finish past Etheridge.
“We had a game plan of trying to dominate the ball more in their half and I think we did that,” said the England Under-21 international. “It took a while for us to get the first goal but we grinded them down. It was a great finish from Gylfi – obviously I dragged the centre-half to create the space for him! It was two great finishes from him and good to get the result.
“When I saw the added-time I thought, ‘There’s still a few more minutes to try to get a goal’. I just put my head down and ran [on to Gana’s pass] and thankfully he slipped me in and I stuck to what I know and put it in.”