Anthony Gordon says a unified effort between the team and fans laid the foundation for Everton’s exceptional 3-0 victory over Leeds United at a buoyant Goodison Park on Saturday.
Frank Lampard’s side performed with aggression, urgency and quality from the first whistle to overwhelm their opponents. Everton fired in 21 efforts on goal during the game – 10 of which were on target. Leeds, in contrast, were unable to muster a single goalbound effort from their seven shots.
Gordon – who was credited with Everton’s third goal of the afternoon after diverting in Richarlison’s 20-yard strike – received a rousing ovation from the Goodison faithful when he was substituted late in the piece following another electric display.
For Gordon, the admiration was mutual, with the Academy graduate eager to salute the inspiring effect of Everton’s passionate support.
“It was a massive win for us,” he said. “It was an incredible day today. The fans were unbelievable again and it was a great performance.
“The supporters got right behind us and, with the intensity Leeds play at, we had to match that.
“We’re playing with smiles on our faces and playing some lovely football and also mixing it up at times.
“The manager is putting his stamp on the team and it’s paying off. We just need to stick together, produce more performances like that, and results will come.
“The clean sheet is massive for us. I think we earned it by digging in all the way through."
On his goal, Gordon added: “To be honest, I let Richy celebrate because I didn’t really know the rules [regarding who would be awarded the goal].
"But I’ll take it! I’m delighted.”
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LAMPARD ON EVERTON'S LEEDS WIN
Everton flew out of the blocks and Seamus Coleman’s close-range header gave the Blues a deserved lead on 11 minutes.
Gordon had a big hand in that opener, playing a wonderful reverse pass to Donny van de Beek. The impressive Dutchman crossed for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and, while he was unable to convert under pressure from Leeds defender Diego Llorente, Coleman was there to nod in the loose ball.
Everton never lost their grip on the contest from that moment and Gordon soon set up Michael Keane for the Blues’ second of the afternoon, flighting in a wonderful corner delivery which the defender powered home.
Gordon paid tribute to fellow goalscorer Coleman’s character and ability – as well as the qualities Van de Beek has brought to the team.
“I’m delighted for Seamus,” he said.
“He’s an incredible person and an incredible captain – and he’s an unbelievable player. People shouldn’t forget that. From coming up against him in training, he’s one of the hardest right-backs I’ve ever played against.
“I love Donny. It was an amazing performance from him and I love the intensity he brings.
“He started with Allan in a two in the middle and I think they did brilliantly.”