What The Papers Say - 19 October

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Monday’s Daily Mail reflects on Saturday’s 2-2 Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park and states Everton's performance shows the progress the team has made under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were on target for the Blues, who stretched their unbeaten run at the start of the season to eight matches.

“There were periods when it was Everton on the front foot, when Everton’s urgent passing triangles caught the eye, when Everton demonstrated the ambition of a team at the top of the table,” writes Mail journalist Martin Samuel.

“Ancelotti has delivered that for them. The change in the narrative, the recalibration of targets.”

The Liverpool Echo carries quotes from Ben Godfrey after his impressive debut display for the Blues against Liverpool.

The 22-year-old – who primarily operates as a central defender – filled in at right-back after Seamus Coleman was forced off through injury on 31 minutes.

Godfrey said: "I was ready, I was excited. There's no bigger occasion to make your debut for Everton.

"I couldn't wait to get out there, although right-back is a bit of a different position I've played for the last few years. I wanted to try help the boys.”

The Echo also includes an interview with Everton legend Colin Harvey, who has explained his emotions upon the unveiling of the Holy Trinity statue – featuring himself, Alan Ball and Howard Kendall – outside Goodison Park in 2019.

Harvey said: "I was an Evertonian as a kid and all my dreams came true. Maybe Alan Ball and Dixie Dean would get statues, because they are the two greatest Everton players of all time, but to be put in that category is amazing.”

Back to the Mail, and the paper reports on Everton Women’s 2-2 home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Izzy Christiansen and Valerie Gauvin scored for the Blues, who dropped points for the first time this season.

Everton are second in the WSL table, two points behind leaders Arsenal.