Onana Outlines Mindset Before Brighton Test

Amadou Onana has urged his Everton teammates to “keep going and keep pushing” ahead of the Blues’ trip to take on Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The midfielder made a vital contribution last time out against Crystal Palace on Monday evening. His second-half header at Goodison Park levelled the scoring for the Toffees, after the visitors had taken the lead through Jordan Ayew’s long-range strike.

Introduced in the 66th minute, the impact of the goal scorer Onana was evident across the field, with the 22-year-old winning three of his four ground duels and succeeding in two out of two aerial duels.

Speaking after the game, Onana told evertontv he always aims to have an influence.

“I always try to affect football matches,” he said. “Whether I start or not, I still try to help the team and help to win football matches because that’s all that matters.

“Every time I’m on that football pitch, I try to be the one who makes the difference – especially coming from the bench. Seeing the spaces, I was like: ‘Yes, there is a space for me to go and get one.’ So, I’m happy tonight.”

The Blues produced an improved second-half display on Monday, registering 13 of their 19 shots after half-time, including all four of their efforts on target.

Sean Dyche’s side were also far more dominant in possession during the final 45 minutes, having a 74 per cent share of possession – far more than their 52 per cent in a frustrating first half.

Onana was full of praise for the way his side fought their way back into the contest, explaining: “I feel like the energy and the mindset is half of the job. No matter how you play, if you just keep grafting and keep putting in 100 per cent, you’ll definitely be rewarded.

“I was okay with the first half, but I think we should’ve maybe been more efficient in front of goal.

“We always fight until the end, and I’m very proud of the boys because it’s not easy going 1-0 down. We managed to equalise and kept going.”

The Toffees will be hoping to build on Monday’s showing when they head to the south coast on Saturday to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

This fixture last season saw the Blues record their biggest win of the campaign, stunning the Seagulls when they hammered five past the hosts in a 5-1 victory.

Asked about the squad’s mindset ahead of the weekend’s game, Onana added: “[We] keep going. Keep going, keep pushing, keep putting the graft and hard work in, and we’ll definitely be rewarded.”