Osman: It's My Goal
Osman insists Wigan strike is his and not an own goal.
Leon Osman insists there is no question of his strike against Wigan going down as an own goal.
Osman's second half effort against the Latics on Boxing Day was deflected in off Gary Caldwell but appeared to be goal-bound before beating Ali Al Habsi.
The midfielder had seen a seemingly legitimate header ruled out at West Ham in the previous match so was bullish in his assessment of the goal.
"It's mine," he told evertontv. "I don't know about 'claiming it'; it is a shot that was going on target which has gone in the other side of the goal. As far as the rules go, it's my goal."
After a succession of recent draws Osman was delighted he was able to help the Blues record a second consecutive win - with collecting points vital as they seek to maintain their impressive position towards the top of the Premier League.
And a third straight win over top four rivals Chelsea on Sunday would represent an excellent festive period for Evertonians.
Osman continued: "It's a great sign of the character we have. We were picking up draws and we needed to find a way of turning them into wins and we have done that in the last couple of games.
"Wigan made it difficult for us and played some really good stuff at times but the hectic Christmas period is all about picking up as many three points as you can and we did that.
"Chelsea have been strong over the years and increased their firepower this year. It is going to be difficult but we are full of confidence and we make it a tough game for anyone to come to Goodison, so hopefully we will do that again."