Demarai Gray says the intensity, structure and detail of Rafa Benitez’s training sessions have helped to inspire Everton’s impressive start to the season.
Gray hit his second Premier League goal in as many games as Everton delivered an exemplary away performance to win 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The 25-year-old winger opened the scoring when he collected Allan’s fabulous through pass before driving forward and rifling an accurate low drive past Brighton stopper Robert Sanchez.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was also on target for the Toffees from the penalty spot as Benitez’s men ensured they went into the international break on a high, having taken seven points from their opening three top-flight matches.
“It’s always good to get a win before the international break and it’s been a great start for us,” said Gray.
“With the players we’ve got, we’ve used everyone very well – the chemistry is good and I think over the season we are going to continue progressing.
“We train at a good tempo and it is very detailed. We feel comfortable [in our roles].
“We have a good structure and that’s what the manager has drilled into us.”
The victory at Amex Stadium was the result of a complete all-round display from Everton, who performed with speed, purpose and guile and created numerous opportunities to score.
Everton also defended resolutely to shut out a talented Brighton outfit, who had won their opening two Premier League games.
Gray sustained his exceptional start to his Everton career with another sparkling goalscoring display – and he says he is savouring being part of a team with such attacking firepower.
The Blues have bagged nine goals across their opening four matches this term, with six different players getting on the scoresheet.
“For my goal, we defended well and then we countered,” he said.
“Running at speed and taking it on the outside makes it difficult for the defender. I did that and I’m happy to score.
“We’ve got speed up top. For me, it’s about being direct.
“We’ve got to score to win games and going forward we’re very dangerous.
“I’m very confident, with the attackers we’ve got, we will create chances and score goals.”