Doucoure Relives Cherries Winner

Abdoulaye Doucoure says he will savour the "amazing" feeling of netting a stunning goal to secure a 1-0 win over Bournemouth and Everton's Premier League status for next season - but not for too long as focus switches to building a better future for the Club.

Doucoure's perfectly-struck drive just before the hour mark ensured Everton will extend their stay in the top-flight to 70 consecutive seasons.

Talking afterwards, the Mali international spoke of his relief at securing the Toffees' safety on a tense final day, at the expense of Leicester City and Leeds United.

"Today was a huge game, we’re so happy it’s hard to describe," he said. "How we’ve felt all this season to be in this position to be able to compete and serve the club, and this afternoon we gave everything. 

"It wasn’t our best game, but we got the reward in the end."

Reliving his match-winner, he continued: “Yes, I’m always on the second ball and I knew I had to strike it as hard as possible and hit the target. 

"Thank god it went in, it was an amazing feeling.”

Echoing the sentiment of manager Sean Dyche, Doucoure was quick to look ahead to the future and says he is determined to help ensure Everton do not find themselves in a similar position again.

“The manager was telling us after the game that we can’t get carried away, that I’m not a hero or anyone is a hero," he added. "We work for Everton Football Club, we play for Everton Football Club to be much better than that.

"As a club, we need to realise the mistakes we made this season as players, the performance levels were not good enough, next season we need to come back stronger and get Everton higher up in the table.”

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