Ellis Simms created another night to remember at Stamford Bridge as he came off the bench to slot a crucial late equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
The striker made his senior Everton debut on the Blues' last visit to the venue in December 2021, and Simms made a new piece of personal history on Saturday night when he latched on to Abdoulaye Doucoure's pass before driving into the box and firing past Kepa in the 89th minute to register his first senior Everton goal.
Simms admits seeing the ball hit the back of the net was “a dream come true” and a just reward for his hard work since returning to the Club in January.
Speaking post-match, Simms said: "It was the moment of my career, so far. It was a great occasion to do it, an equaliser, too.
“I am delighted for the team, as well. It’s a massive point against a tough opponent, we’re delighted.”
It has not been the easiest of runs for the forward since returning from his loan spell at Sunderland. He’s made just one start – at Anfield in February – and hadn't featured in any of Everton’s past three league matches.
Dyche handed the 22-year-old a big opportunity in Saturday evening’s clash, though, and he grabbed it with both hands.
Only on the pitch for a short time, but the all-important impact with his first #EFC goal! ⚽️@_ellissimms is your #CHEEVE POTM! ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/xaMCBclbzj— Everton (@Everton) March 18, 2023
“Honestly, I can’t put it into words,” explained Simms. “I have been working hard to come up with this. It’s a dream come true to score my first Premier League goal.
“It’s been about patience. I’ve had to wait for my chance. Obviously, we have top players, so I am not just going to walk straight into the team. I have to work hard in training and when I get the opportunity, I have to take it with both hands.”
Teammate James Tarkowski was keen to heap accolades on the youngster following the win, too. Praising the finishing prowess displayed for his crucial equalising goal. “[The finish] was unbelievable. I think it is Koulibaly who he goes past, he’s no slow player. But Ellis has shrugged him off and put it away.
“He’s right, he’s been working hard since coming back since Christmas. Got his head down, work hard and those moments are what you live for.”
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