After relations between Goodison Park and Stamford Bridge soured in the wake of Jose Mourinho's very public pursuit of John Stones this summer, expectations were high that the Grand Old Lady was going to be rocking for the visit of the defending Champions on Saturday.
The atmosphere in the packed stadium certainly delivered and it helped propel Everton to a memorable 3-1 win on the back of excellent performances throughout the team.
“There is nothing better when the fans are like that,” the 33-year-old told evertonfc.com. “They were expecting a performance from us. We hadn’t won at Goodison before the game and we were playing against the champions.
“So to get our first three points at home against the champions sums the game up perfectly.
“As I have said before, when the team wins it generally means you have played well. When you suffer defeat you get the stick that comes with it! It is all about winning football games.”
Barry, who made his Blues debut in this fixture two years ago, said Roberto Martinez and his players were full value for the victory given their preparation and execution of their duties.
“We deserve all the praise because our tactics were to stop them creating too many chances and then to hit them on the counter attack,” Barry continued. “Some of our football going forward was brilliant."
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1 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:21:35
2 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:25:45
3 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:38:28
If we can manage his game time, he is a good player. He covers as much ground as anyone in our team, admittedly a bit slower than the likes of McCarthy. Give him a breather now and again, and he can still do an important job, breaking things up in midfield, until Besic is ready to come through.
4 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:48:38
Let's lay off the uncalled for over the top criticism and just accept there are very few professionals, if any, who deliver every game.
5 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:48:55
6 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:56:08
7 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:07:04
Turning the ball over in the midfield is generally catastrophic for this team, and that's what Chelski was trying to force. Barry was the biggest reason it didn't happen.
8 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:08:43
9 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:54:27
10 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:09:10
11 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:27:11
The wonderful thing is now that none of the top clubs are going to find an easy game all season and it may be that, if things continue to go as they are now, maybe by the end of this season we can be a match for not only 2nd to 5th but Man City too. What could turn everything round is how we do in the derby, surely we're due a good performance but we must be careful, they have a good side in there somewhere.
13 Posted 15/09/2015 at 10:18:16
McCarthy really impressed me second half Saturday. You don't always have to do a lot with the ball to have a good game, and the way he was always in space and available must have sickened the Chelsea players when they were chasing the game.
Anyway, I'm sure if the team can keep playing with the same intensity, then Goodison will keep bouncing. This would definitely keep a smile on our faces, we deserve it.
14 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:30:46
Supporters are entitled to air their views as the game's lifeblood, their hard-earned cash helps even average players to live lifestyles they themselves can only dream of, so when their team has a day like Saturday, their praise is unbounded; yet, only a week before, many of them booed the team off the field... that is the magic of 'The Beautiful Game'.
I have constantly praised our wonderful supporters on the site, especially those who travel hundreds, even thousands of miles, to roar the team on and hate it if they're disappointed, COYB.
15 Posted 15/09/2015 at 16:46:02
(Barkley was 4th as well.)
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