Godfrey Discusses Everton Target And 'Unbelievable' Goodison Experience

Ben Godfrey believes Everton’s impressive win over Chelsea on Saturday can be the catalyst for a productive festive period for the Blues, as he described the “unbelievable” experience of performing in front of Evertonians for the first time since joining the Club.

And the in-form defender vowed to "always give my best for this club and the shirt" after showing the qualities which made Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands eager to bring him to Merseyside from Norwich City.

Everton toppled a Chelsea side previously on a 17-game unbeaten run, with Gylfi Sigurdsson striking the decisive blow from the penalty spot midway through the first half.

In a hotly-contested category, summer signing Godfrey was voted Everton’s man of the match after a left-back display notable for his polished, uncompromising defending and enterprising bursts forward.

The 22-year-old’s intelligent positioning was underlined by the fact he made more interceptions (five) than any other player on the field. Godfrey also recovered possession on six occasions, while only midfielder Allan had more touches of the ball for Everton than the defender’s 49.

Next up for Godfrey and Everton is a meeting with another of the Premier League’s in-form sides, Leicester City, on Wednesday (6pm).

The Blues then host Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday before Manchester United visit the Grand Old Lady for a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie on Wednesday 23 December.

“We can take massive confidence from this win over Chelsea,” Godfrey told evertontv.

“It was a hard game but you’ve got to enjoy working hard if you’re going to win games.

“We stay grounded, we look forward to the next game and we go again.

“December’s a busy period so there’s lots of games to look forward to. 

“We’d gone through a little bit of a sticky patch. 

“It was important we stuck together. We’ve got good characters in the dressing room, so that was never in doubt. 

“We showed we could grind things out [against Chelsea] and we got a great result. We deserved the three points.”

Godfrey earned a reputation as one of England’s most exciting defensive prospects while operating primarily at centre-back.

In the absence of Everton’s exceptional France international Lucas Digne, Godfrey has admirably filled in at left-back in recent weeks – and he explained the challenges of switching to that position.

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Fans might not realise but it gives you extra 10 per cent. All the support they gave us was massively appreciated and definitely helped us get over the line.

“You’re put in wide defensive situations and you’re exposed to different things,” he said.

“You’re also involved in attacks a lot more.

“I’m happy to learn and do my job for the team. 

“I’m enjoying my time here and I’m happy to play anywhere for the boys and this club. 

“I’ll give 110 per cent wherever I am on that pitch. 

“That’s something I can guarantee – I’ll always give my best for this club and the shirt.”

Supporters returned to Goodison on Saturday for the first time since Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on 1 March.

The game, then, represented the first occasion Godfrey has felt the backing of Evertonians in the stadium since signing for the Club from Norwich on transfer deadline day.

And while only 2,000 Everton fans were able to attend the Chelsea contest, Godfrey says influence of their passionate, vocal support cannot be underestimated.

“It was absolutely massive for us,” he said.

“It’s a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to play in front of fans. 

“For me, to play for Everton in front of our fans, it was an unbelievable feeling and they were definitely like the 12th man.

“Fans might not realise but it gives you extra 10 per cent. All the support they gave us was massively appreciated and definitely helped us get over the line.”