Vaughan: It Was Incredible
Striker has spoken about his fairytale return to first-team action.
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."