Lucas Digne says the resilience Everton showed to fight back from a goal down to claim a convincing victory over West Bromwich Albion highlights the Blues’ progress under Carlo Ancelotti.
Everton sustained their 100-per-cent start to the season with a 5-2 win over the Baggies at Goodison Park on Saturday.
West Brom hit the front early on through Grady Diangana but the Blues turned the game on its head by the half-time interval, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalising and James Rodriguez marking his home debut with an exquisite 20-yard strike.
The away side came again with Matheus Pereira’s free-kick levelling the scores but Ancelotti’s side responded with a ruthless display of attacking football.
Michael Keane netted for the second successive match and Calvert-Lewin added two further goals to complete his first Everton hat-trick.
New Everton additions Allan, James and Abdoulaye Doucoure again shone throughout – and Digne explained how their arrivals have boosted belief within the squad.
“Maybe last year we would have lost or drawn this game [against West Brom] but I think we’ve learnt from our mistakes in the past,” the France international told evertontv.
“We know what we want to achieve this season and we have to show character.
“We are playing good football and it was a good win for us.
“The Club showed character when we bought in the new signings and we’ve been able to show character and ambition on the pitch, too, with the quality we have.
“I’m not surprised by how the new players are playing. I know their quality. They are world-class players.
“As a team, we are doing well for the moment. We have to keep going like this.”
Digne followed up his exemplary display in Everton’s opening-day win at Tottenham Hotspur with another fine performance against West Brom.
The 27-year-old’s penetrative surges forward provided a persistent attacking threat for the Blues, while his vision and quality in possession was underlined by the five key passes he made during the game – three more than any other player on the pitch.
Digne has supplied seven accurate crosses so far this season, the highest total in the Premier League.
He also came agonisingly close to opening his goalscoring account for the season against West Brom, when his powerful, swerving free-kick hit the crossbar.
“I have to defend first and after that, if I can attack, I will do,” Digne said.
“It’s part of my job and I try to help the team.
“I’m getting to play forward more, more directly and it’s very good football. It’s a pleasure to play this football and I’m just enjoying it.”
Everton’s first signing of the summer was Digne’s fellow French left-back Niels Nkounkou, who joined from Ligue 1 club Marseille.
The 19-year-old made his debut in the Blues’ 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Salford City last Wednesday – and promptly won man-of-the-match honours following a dynamic performance.
Digne explained how he has strived to help his countryman make a swift transition to life at Everton.
“He’s doing well,” said Digne. “He’s played well since he’s arrived.
“I’m happy for him.
“He’s a good lad and I try to help him every time day to help him adapt.”
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