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Vaughan: It Was Incredible

Striker has spoken about his fairytale return to first-team action.

Vaughan: It Was Incredible

James Vaughan has spoken about his fairytale return to first-team action.

The striker was thrown on 102 minutes into Everton's semi-final against Manchester United and netted the most emphatic of penalties in the victorious shootout.

It was the first time the 20-year-old had pulled on a Royal Blue jersey since undergoing a knee operation in November.

And having described playing at Wembley as "every boy's dream" in the days leading up to clash with Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Vaughan was overjoyed to make such a telling contribution. 

“I’ve never felt emotion like I did at the end," he admitted to evertonTV. "It was incredible and so great for everyone associated with the club. We are a very close squad with great unity and it showed at the end.

"We’ve had a lot of players missing through the season but to finish it off by getting to a cup final is absolutely amazing.

“The manager just told me to go on, give it my best shot and enjoy myself. That’s what I did and I’m just so pleased for the lads. They worked hard all season to get us to this point and hopefully we can go and finish it now.

“Our lads are always confident. You look around the dressing room and you see quality everywhere. That’s why when it went to penalties we always felt that we could do it and I think that showed when we took them.

“I was just delighted to score. It’s a special feeling. To get to Wembley is a dream come true."

Having seen off Liverpool, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in previous rounds, few could deny Everton their first Cup final runout since 1995.

May 30 is the date when the Blue half of Merseyside will migrate south once again and Vaughan is adamant the players will do their utmost to ensure the trophy comes back with them.

“We’ve played some good teams but nobody is feeling it is our right to win it,” he said.

“We are going to have to win it. We’ve been confident all season and hopefully we can repay the management team by lifting the trophy."

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Andy Flanagan"I dont just want a penalty, im demanding to take one, give me the freaking ball!" - I heard this is what you said vaughny, I 100% love this attitude. Im banking on you to be our top goal scorer next season and I whole heartedly believe you will become an everton legend. Well done on producing an unstoppable penog!

Tuesday 21st April 14:23 Report Comment

Peter Joneswell in vaughany, well taken pen, good to see you back in the team! hopefully that is it for injurys!

Tuesday 21st April 00:13 Report Comment

JAY ROBBOwell dun vaghany lad takes sum doin to step up an take a pen..specially wen u been out most of the season injured i think if we keep him fit we got an up an cumin star...an 1 what loyal to..

Monday 20th April 22:12 Report Comment

Thomas McCarteni cant put it into words the importance of james penalty, talk about stepping up when needed, unbeliveable, what a day, what a performance, & as for the fans, say knowmore. well done vaughny, class.

Monday 20th April 22:12 Report Comment

stuart evansJAMES GOOD TO SEE YOU IN THE SQUAD AGAIN WELL DONE TO PUTTING YOUR PEN AWAY GOOD FINISH LAD.

Monday 20th April 20:38 Report Comment
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