Victor's Goal Faith
'I knew I'd get another chance,' says striker.
Victor Anichebe claims he knew he would get another chance to net his first league strike of the season after falling foul of an official’s blunder during Monday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle.
The Nigerian substitute was left baffled after being denied a goal when replays clearly showed his second-half header had completely crossed the goal line.
Yet reprisal came just 10 minutes later as the 24-year-old produced a neat turn and finish to fire what looked a late winner at Goodison Park.
“I knew I'd get another chance. I don't know why, I just knew I would. And I took the chance when it came,” said Anichebe. “I knew the header was in. I probably should have headed it a bit better but I knew it was in anyway.
“I had a word with the ref afterwards but there's nothing you can do really.”
Demba Ba’s last-minute equaliser ultimately meant Everton had to settle for a point and Anichebe admitted it was frustrating not to take richer rewards from another impressive home display.
The result saw the Blues drop their first points in seven Goodison outings, while Ba became the first opposition player to score at the stadium since Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen in March.
“It was crazy towards the end with all the adrenaline from scoring - and then they went up the other end and scored,” he said. “It took a bit away from the goal I scored. I think we should have won but a point's good in the end.
“We were disappointed but you can't really dwell on it too much, you just need to get on with it. We did that, we scored a goal and we probably should have defended a bit better for their second equaliser. But we'll take a point and go again.
“We've been doing okay at the start of the season, which is different from how we normally start. Hopefully we can build from this and see games out a bit better.”
Anichebe only entered the fray on the stroke of half-time after Nikica Jelavic had limped off with a knee injury.
And though he benefitted from his teammate’s misfortune, the Academy product confessed his primary concern was for the Croatian.
“I was also worried about Niki because we need everyone, he's one of our teammates and a really big player for us.
“So I was worried about him but I got my chance and I’d like to think I took it.
“I felt good when I came on and the team also played well. Hopefully we can build on that now. It's not so much about me, it's about the team.”
Everton’s next outing will come at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on Saturday and Anichebe added: “There's always positives to take from the game and hopefully we go into the game at the weekend on a high. We played really well [on Monday]. Obviously we're not happy to concede goals but that's football and hopefully we'll have all those problems solved.”