Andros Townsend says his impressive start to the season reflects how he is “loving” life at Everton – and insists there is “so much” more to come from the Blues after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Norwich City.
Townsend’s nerveless 29th-minute penalty put Everton ahead at Goodison Park and Abdoulaye Doucoure made the points safe deep into the second half when he clinically finished a slick team move.
The win means the Blues are now level on points with second-placed Manchester City, having taken 13 points from their opening six games.
Townsend’s strike was his fourth of the season – and his three assists mean he has had a direct hand in seven goals in his first seven starts for Everton.
“You can see I’m loving it here,” he said. “I’m loving fighting it out at the right end of the table, scoring goals, getting assists.
“I just need to keep working hard and long may this continue.
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“It was a very important win after the week we’ve had.
“Norwich have probably been unfortunate with the start to the season they’ve had and the teams they’ve had to face.
“We knew it was going to be difficult and that we’d have to remain patient. And when you’ve got the injuries we have, three points is all that matters.”
The Norwich win means Everton have won their first three home games of the season for the first time since 1989.
The result was all the more impressive given Everton are without a host of experienced First-Team players, including the influential attacking pair of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. That duo netted 23 of the Blues’ 47 Premier League goals last season.
Townsend added: “We knew we had to step up – myself, Dimi [Gray], Sal [Rondon] and Alex [Iwobi] – while the two talismen are out injured and, thankfully, so far we’ve managed to do that.
“We have to keep chipping in until we get them back, then really take stock and see how good a season we could have.
“There’s so much more to come from us.
“Seeing our position in the table gives us confidence but until you’ve played everyone once, you can’t really look at it too much.”
Townsend was also asked about Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul having a few words in his ear before he slotted in his penalty.
“It’s just mind games,” he replied.
“He’s been there and done it…I played with him at Newcastle, so he knows where I like to put my penalties.
“But I just remained focused, picked my spot and, thankfully, I managed to get the better of him on this occasion.”