Beto dedicated his first Goodison goal to "incredible" Evertonians as the Blues striker vowed to repay fans for the affection they have shown him since joining a unique “lovely” club.
Coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Dominic Calvert-Lewin against Newcastle United on Thursday night, the summer signing from Udinese capped off a superb display from Sean Dyche’s men to bag the third in a 3-0 victory.
After scoring on his debut in Everton’s Carabao Cup triumph at Doncaster Rovers in August, this was Beto’s maiden strike at the Grand Old Lady, and what a goal it was, the Toffees putting together a sequence of 29 passes before the Portuguese burst down the right channel, muscled off Fabian Schar and slotted past Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka.
That sparked jubilant scenes around Goodison, with the popular front man receiving a rendition of “Olé, Olé, Olé, Beto, Beto”, and Everton sealing a second consecutive win to climb out of the relegation zone just weeks after their 10-point deduction from the Premier League commission.
In a heart-warming interview with evertontv, Beto opened up on what it meant to net in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End, and described his emotion at the support he has received since moving to Merseyside.
“It feels amazing,” said the 25-year-old. “What a relief. This goal was so, so important to me. I wanted to score a lot at Goodison, for these amazing fans.
“Since the day I came here, they say, 'Beto, Beto, Beto' - they want me to score and I want to score for them. I want to dedicate this goal to them - and for my teammates, of course.
“It was amazing. It's an unbelievable feeling. I don't understand... these guys love me and I want to pay back all of the love that I get. For me, I don't know how to explain it, these supporters are just incredible.
“It was a great goal. You can see we have quality and we know how to play football. Everybody touched the ball. It was an amazing goal - a team goal, not just a Beto goal but a team goal. I am really happy with the goal and this win.”
Beto has received praise from manager Dyche in recent weeks as he continues to adjust to the demands of the Premier League, providing attacking options alongside Calvert-Lewin and compatriot Youssef Chermiti.
The Lisbon-born front man has also proved popular around the squad, the home dressing room at Goodison blaring out D:Ream’s 1990s dance track Things Can Only Get Better (Beto) at full-time as the Blues enjoyed a fine win over Eddie Howe’s high-flying Newcastle.
Beto spoke of the boost his first Goodison goal can bring to his game, and his hope to hear that song many more times as he continues to enjoy life at unique Everton.
“For me, it brings me confidence, “ he added. “You know for a striker it is always good to score and everybody knows when you don't score you can feel a little bit in doubt, but I have had the support from my team and from the fans. I will take confidence from this and keep working. It's my main things - work, work, work.
“It's important, really important for us. With everything that is happening with us, this win is something that we knew we were capable of. For me, it's really important for me and the whole team to give us confidence going into the next games and for the rest of the season.
“I enjoy [playing for Everton] a lot, I am really happy. It is just the weather I don't like!
“It is a lovely club to play for, it is hard for me to explain. Since the day I came here, I just feel that these fans are different, the Club is different. I just want to give everything I've got for Everton.
“I hope [to hear that song many more times]! Things can only get... not Beto but better! I believe in that, I believe it!”