Lundstram Targets More Glory
Midfielder wants Under-21s medal to add to his League One title.
John Lundstram is targeting more glory after playing a starring role in another dramatic finale.
10 days after helping loan club Doncaster Rovers win the League One title in last-gasp circumstances, the midfielder was again involved in another nail-biting conclusion, this time for Everton Under-21s in their play-off victory over Newcastle United.
The midfielder scored a late extra-time equaliser at Goodison on Tuesday evening to make the score 3-3 and take the game to penalties, which the Blues won 5-3.
It was Lundstram’s first appearance for the Under-21s since returning from his two-month loan spell at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The 19-year-old is likely to be involved in next Monday’s semi-final against Tottenham where a place in the final against Manchester United or Liverpool is at stake.
And asked whether Everton can go all the way in this season’s Under-21s competition, Lundstram told evertontv: “Definitely.
“We had belief when the chips were down and we were getting beat 3-2. We went on and won the game so we believe, definitely.
“It’s always nice to get a goal but I think first team football has took it out of my legs a little bit.
“I was cramping up a lot and I think that’s down to the high intensity football I have been playing.
“It was tiring, especially through extra time, but we have had that never-say-die attitude all season. The manager [Alan Stubbs] told us at half-time in extra time to keep going and that we can do it, and we did, thankfully.”
Lundstram believes that he has returned to Merseyside a more mature player after playing 14 high-pressure matches for Doncaster, none more so than their final day promotion decider against Brentford.
Rovers confirmed their place in the Championship for 2013/14 in one of the season’s most dramatic storylines, netting an injury-time winner - seconds after the Bees had seen their promotion hopes crushed with a missed penalty.
“It was absolutely mind-blowing what happened – you can’t write things like that,” explained Lundstram.
“People go through their whole careers and never get promoted, never mind experience an ending like that. Just to play in it and be a part of it was brilliant.
“We had the point on the day and the lads just wanted promotion. To win the league it would have just been a bonus.
“The main aim was to get promoted but we won the league as well.”
Lundstram added: “It’s given me a lot more confidence. I’ve come back and I’m more of a man. I’m more experienced, it’s made me quicker on the ball and make quicker decisions, so it has helped me all round.
“I’ve had an experience that some players never get in football. I’ll cherish it for the rest of my life and I was very lucky to get a move like I did.”