Coleman: Buoyant Blues Feeding Off Goodison Energy

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Seamus Coleman says he can feel a strong connection building between the team and Everton fans after the Blues swept aside Manchester United 4-0 at a buoyant Goodison Park on Sunday.

On a glorious afternoon at the Grand Old Lady, Marco Silva’s men delivered a sizzling performance to wrap up a third home success on the spin.

Each of these victories have come against top-six opposition, with the Toffees having previously dispatched Chelsea and Arsenal.

The triumph over United was the most thrilling of the lot, however, as Everton overwhelmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team with a display of scintillating attacking football.

The result lifts the Blues up to seventh in the Premier League table.

Full-back Coleman explained how the players have fed off the energy of the Goodison crowd in recent weeks, insisting the intimidating din created by the watching Evertonians has driven the Toffees’ purposeful displays.

“The fans and players have really been coming together at Goodison and it’s making it a very tough place for teams to come,” said the 30-year-old.

“The atmosphere has been great and confidence is high. It was a very good performance against United.

“We expected to win, maybe not by that margin, but we expected to win.

"Our home form has been great and we’ve got a lot of confidence. It’s a bonus to win so convincingly and we played some very good football.

“We’ve just got to keep fighting and believing in ourselves.”

The victory represents Everton largest over United since October 1984, when the Red Devils were comprehensively beaten 5-0 as the Toffees marched towards the league title.

Sunday’s scoreline in no way flattered the Toffees, who were the more dynamic and progressive team throughout.

Richarlison had already forced a smart stop by United keeper David De Gea by the time he acrobatically scored the game’s opening goal in 16 minutes.

Lucas Digne flung in a long throw, Dominic Calvert-Lewin rose brilliantly to head the ball on for the Brazilian, who twisted his body mid-air before volleying in for his 13th Premier League goal of the season.

Everton continued to attack with speed and purpose and deservedly doubled their lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson.

After receiving the ball from Idrissa Gana Gueye, the Icelander progressed up the pitch before expertly placing the ball beyond De Gea from 20 yards. In doing so, Sigurdsson also took his top-flight tally for the campaign to 13.

Silva’s men kept up the pressure and the tireless Digne extended their advantage 11 minutes after the interval.

After De Gea punched clear a Sigurdsson corner, a bouncing ball came towards the Frenchman on the edge of the box. The former Barcelona man watched it all the way and made a perfect first-time connection to rifle into the bottom corner, leaving United’s Spanish goalkeeper helpless.

Substitute Theo Walcott, on for the injured Richarlison, completed the scoring as he raced on to Sigurdsson’s perfectly-weighted through ball before calmly slotting home.

The vibrancy of Everton’s attacking play was matched by their diligent defensive work. The Blues restricted United to just one shot on target during the match as they recorded a fourth successive clean sheet at Goodison.

It is the first time the Blues have achieved four straight home shutouts since April 2015.

Skipper Coleman was eager to stress the team’s impressive defensive record is a team effort – and also paid tribute to the meticulous work of manager Silva at USM Finch Farm.

“It [the defending] is something we’ve been working really hard at,” he said.

“The manager works very hard on the training pitch.

“It’s not just the back four or back five. It’s the full team that have to contribute to the clean sheets – starting from Dom up top who works his socks off.

“Thankfully it [the desire to contribute defensively] is going throughout the team.”




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