Vellios: I Didn't See Goal
Striker admits assist caused him to miss Jelavic's winner.
As Nikica Jelavic stole a yard and swept the ball beyond Hugo Lloris on Sunday, Goodison Park erupted in euphoric celebration.
The Blues had completed an almost unthinkable turnaround, a second goal in just 88 seconds having torn victory from the grasp of Tottenham Hotspur and replaced it with defeat.
Yet there was one man oblivious to all that was going on around him.
As he lay on the floor wondering what had become of his audacious, acrobatic overhead kick, Apostolos Vellios had no clue his strike partner had pounced to score.
Until he heard the roar.
"I didn't see it,” admitted the Greek when quizzed by evertontv. “I only saw the celebrations. I spoke with the guys in the dressing room and they explained the goal to me."
Despite not bearing witness to one of his most significant contributions in a Toffees shirt to date, the 20-year-old substitute, a January 2011 arrival from Iraklis Thessaloniki, was understandably delighted with his part.
"I feel really excited and really happy," he said. "When I go on I have to believe, so I believed because we played really well in the first half and we started well again in the second half. So I believed from that and we won.
"In that situation, you have to clear your mind and you have to be focused. You have to learn to listen to the manager and coaches, what they say and what they want, and thankfully we got the result."
The fact it was Vellios who David Moyes turned to after watching his side fall behind to Clint Dempsey's fortuitous 75th-minute strike, spoke volumes for his burgeoning faith in the youngster.
Having not sampled a minute of first-team action between February and November, the striker has now come off the bench in four of Everton's last six games.
And while injuries to others have played their part, the level-headed Vellios is keen not to let these new-found opportunities pass by.
"I am happy here and when the manager puts me on I have to be ready, that's all,” he added.
"This now is a great feeling. But I think this game is over now, it's finished and we'll see what happens in the next game.
"The Premier League is a lot of games and we have to be focused every game and every day."