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Coleman's Slice Of Relief

Mis-hit winner makes up for conceding foul, says right-back.

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Seamus Coleman admitted he felt pure relief at seeing his sliced shot earn Everton all three points in injury time on Saturday.

Cardiff City had cancelled out Gerard Deulofeu's second-half opener and midway through the four minutes of added time it looked like the Blues would be held to a draw.

However, not for the first time this season, Coleman found himself in the opposition area when it mattered.

Aiden McGeady's cross was headed down at the back post by Gareth Barry and there was the Ireland international to miscue a shot beyond the impressive David Marshall in another dramatic finish at Goodison Park.

Speaking moments after the 2-1 win, Coleman admitted he was not concerned about the manner of his finish - only that it made amends for an earlier error.

He said: "It was a massive goal. It didn't go where I intended it to but it went in the net.

"I unfortunately gave away the free-kick which led to their goal so I was trying to get forward as much as I could to help the lads out.

"I got in the right position thankfully. I'm sure Cardiff will feel hard done by because it wasn't the cleanest of strikes but they all count.

"I thought their keeper was absolutely fantastic. Some of the saves he pulled off were brilliant and to be honest, I think it would have needed a goal like that to beat him."

The hard-fought win lifts Everton to fifth in the Premier League, with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all facing off against one another on Sunday.

Having points on the board - as well as a game in hand - is providing the Blues with added focus.

Coleman added: "Cardiff made it difficult. We knew how good a team they are - the manager had told us all week.

"They've got some good players but thankfully we came out on top at the last minute. The fans were getting a bit anxious towards the end but we got a big roar in the end.

"Last week was a disappointment going out of the FA Cup. But we've now got 10 games left and we want to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can.

"Maybe this result will start us off well."

Everton are back in action at Goodison on Saturday against Swansea City (3pm kick-off). Buy your tickets online here.

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