Seamus Coleman writes his pre-match programme notes ahead of Everton's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Goodison on Saturday. Click here to order your limited-edition Official Matchday Programme for £3.50.
It was great to get back to winning ways last weekend at Fulham.
There’s certainly something about London this season for us... that’s three wins down there already following our victories at Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.
Results hadn’t gone our way in the previous games before our visit to Craven Cottage and so it was very important to come away with three points. We got off to the perfect start and, although they pegged us back, we were looking comfortable at half-time.
But, as can happen in football, the break came at the wrong time for us. We weren’t the same in the second-half and Fulham showed that they are a better side than their league position would indicate.
However, a win is a win and it keeps us in the mix at the top end of the table.
As for myself, I am always gutted whenever I have to miss a game. When I can, I always travel with the lads even when I’m not playing as I like to be in amongst it and make some sort of contribution.
Print deadlines prevent me from knowing whether or not I could be in contention for our game with Leeds.
I hope I am because this game has the makings of a cracker.
I would say that most neutral football fans were pleased to see Leeds United back in the Premier League. It’s where they belong. I’m obviously too young to remember Leeds winning league titles and FA Cups but I recall them playing regularly in Europe when I was growing up and I was glad when they won promotion last season.
And I am the only player left from either side that played the last time we met Leeds – in the League Cup eight years ago!
This match is the first of seven for us in the next month.
It’s a challenging schedule, especially when you factor in the quality of our opponents between now and the end of December, but it gives us the opportunity to see exactly where we are as a team.
We know we are developing and we are confident the good start we’ve made to the season can be sustained. I am sure every squad member will be called upon before the end of the year and we have to make sure we are ready.
Finally, as always, a message for you, the fans. I know full well that with each passing game, you will be missing seeing us ‘live’ more and more but everyone has done so well to obey the rules and look after each other.
We need to keep doing the right things and if we do, the day we’re all dreaming about will come around sooner.
All the best and stay safe,