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Barkley's Special Moment

Ross says his goal against Swansea was a 'special moment'.

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Ross Barkley said his goal against Swansea was a 'special moment'.

The young midfielder stepped up to produce a sensational matchwinning free-kick for the Blues on Sunday.

Barkley isn't the side's regular free-kick taker but revealed how he sensed a goal was in the offing after two earlier near misses.

The 20-year-old exclusively told evertontv: "It was a special moment today. We didn't play so well in the first half but we were better in the second.

"I thought the goal was coming, I saw the free-kick and took my opportunity.

"Rom (Lukaku) was saying that he wanted to take it but I'd had the chance to score earlier when I slipped, then I had the left-footed effort that nearly went in."

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England international Barkley admitted he doesn't regularly practice free-kicks - meaning the goal prompted a particularly emotional celebration in front of the Everton fans.

He explained: "I practice now and then but I don't normally practice them because we have got Bainesy and Kevin (Mirallas) who normally take them. When I was younger I used to take the free-kicks for the age-group sides so I thought I would try and take my opportunity to get on the scoresheet.

"I enjoyed the celebration! The fans travel all the way down here and it's good for them to travel back knowing we have won the game.

"I just told my mum to give me a skinhead yesterday. It was cold but it's alright!"

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