Gray On Blues' Strong Belief

Demarai Gray credited his teammates' desire and belief during Everton’s 3-2 win over Hull City in the FA Cup.

The 25-year-old forward cancelled out the hosts’ early opener with a superbly-worked effort which sprung the Blues into action at the MKM Stadium.

It took an extra-time strike from fellow summer signing Andros Townsend to secure progression into the fourth round, with Gray acknowledging the hard-fought nature of Saturday night’s win.

“We knew it would be difficult coming here," he said.

“We conceded an early goal early but I thought we responded well.

“I imagine everyone watching would have enjoyed it but for us it was important to get the win.

“We know how difficult the FA Cup is.

“Hull put up a good fight, credit to them.

“We showed character, we had to dig deep and I’m just happy we got the win and into the hat for the next round.”

Saturday’s equaliser against Hull was Gray’s sixth strike of the season since joining the Club in the summer from German side Bayer Leverkusen.

While attention now turns back to the Premier League for Everton, Gray acknowledged why the FA Cup remains significant for both Blues players and fans. 

“The FA Cup is important to us," he added.

“It would be nice to go on a Cup run and push as far as we can.

“For the fans it’s a great competition.

“However, we have to take it game by game.

“Today was important, not just for the Cup but for the whole team’s morale.

“We just have to push on now.”