Seamus Coleman says Saturday’s performance was the culmination of him and his teammates coming together to show their togetherness and fight.
Everton came into Saturday’s contest on the back of a disappointing result at Anfield. Yet, there were no signs of a hangover as the home side produced a dominant display to secure a crucial 1-0 win against league rivals Leeds.
Coleman was at the heart of that performance. He produced the decisive moment with a piece of brilliance mid-way through the second half to seal all three points for the Blues.
He sprinted from deep to meet an Alex Iwobi pass. Then, from the tightest of angles down the right, struck a scintillating shot that left Illan Meslier bamboozled as it flew past the near post and into the back of the net.
“Everybody was predicting the cross, but the way my hips were feeling, I couldn’t wrap around it,” admits Coleman.
“So I thought I would take on the shot because I knew he [Meslier] would be anticipating the cross. Thankfully I have caught it well. I am not sure I would catch it like that again if I hit it another 10 times.”
That was Coleman’s first league goal since he bagged the opener against the very same opponent 12 months ago.
It was a just reward for a strong individual display from the Republic of Ireland international, and one that was matched in intensity and passion by his teammates.
“As I said after Anfield, we had a good start against Arsenal, we knew Liverpool would be a tough game, regardless of if they’re playing well or not” he explained.
“We didn’t go away from what we have been working on since the manager has come in. That’s trying to outrun the opposition. Fight to the very end. Be compact. We did that today and got the win.
“We wanted to show we are all together and we are all fighting. We have to give our fans something to support and when we do, well, you see them at the end there.
“Again though, it’s three points. We move on, game by game.”