Barkley: Mum Said I'd Score
Midfielder says Goodison goal was a boyhood dream come true.
Ross Barkley says he fulfilled a lifetime's ambition in scoring at Goodison Park - on the very night his mum predicted he would see his boyhood dream come true.
Midfielder Barkley netted his first goal at the stadium after 25 minutes of Monday's clash with Newcastle as a School of Science performance saw Everton race into a 3-0 half-time lead.
And though the Magpies hit back with two second-half goals, nothing could take away from a special evening for the 19-year-old, who revealed his mum, Diane, had predicted his goalscoring contribution.
“I knew it was coming," said Academy product Barkley. "My mum said before the game she had a feeling I’d score and I’m made up she was right. I was over the moon because I’ve dreamt about that moment since I was a kid.
“It was important to get the second goal and give us an extra platform. To get three before half time was impressive and gave us a big boost.
“It was a great team performance. We were playing it about nicely and everyone was feeling confident on the ball.”
Everton's victory came courtesy of a near-faultless first-half display in which striker Romelu Lukaku also bagged his first Goodison goals.
The Belgium powerhouse added to his brace by laying on Barkley's effort, and the England international believes the pair are already striking up an important understanding.
“I love playing with Rom,” he said. “We link up well and I can run beyond him and I know he’ll find me.
"We’ve got a good relationship on the field and it’s good having a top player like him in the side."
Roberto Marinez's men now sit fourth in the Premier League table with a trip to Manchester City up next.
And Barkley added: “We’re still unbeaten and we want to continue that as long as we can. It’s brilliant that we’re in fourth place and the way we’ve been playing is more encouraging.”