Seamus Coleman scored his first goal of the season in today’s 3-0 victory and wheeled away with the now traditional thumb-sucking and rocking crib-style celebration to mark a special 24 hours for him personally.
The Republic of Ireland international explained to evertontv’s Darren Griffiths that his wife gave birth to a daughter, Lily, at two o’ clock yesterday, saying, “it’s no secret who that was dedicated to today."
“It’s funny how these things happen,” he continued. "You just get that feeling that you’re going to score a goal. It was great seeing what my wife went through yesterday and how proud I am of her and to go out on the pitch, you just have to enjoy those moments.
"To score the goal as well was special."
Coleman is usually deployed deep as the last defender for offensive corners but the 27-year-old says that he has recently been given license to be in the penalty area in those situations, a move that paid dividends at the Britannia Stadium where he headed home Everton’s second goal in the 28th minute.
"It’s only been the last couple of weeks that they’re let me go up for corners and I’ve missed a sitter against Swansea so I thought I wouldn’t be allowed back up after that
"Obviously, they’ve seen that I got a bit of space at the back post that day so they’ve trusted me to get up for corners."
Everton had the game against the Potters more or less sewn up by half-time, a surprising turn of events given what happened in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park and Mark Hughes's expenditure in recent months. It was testament, however, to a terrific all-round display by Roberto Martinez's men.
“It was a great first-half performance from the lads," Coleman continued. "I thought defensively we were very solid which you have to be when you come to places like Stoke because if you give them anything, their fans can get right behind them.
“We took our goals brilliantly and Cleverley did brilliantly for Rom’s goal and you always trust Rom to finish it. And then Aaron Lennon had a very difficult chance. Some people might think it’s easy but when you’ve got from the halfway [line] to the goalkeeper to think about what you’re going to do, he knew from there he was in a one-on-one but he kept his composure."
Griffiths suggested to him that confidence in the Blues’ dressing room must be sky high after back-to-back wins and two clean sheets in the Premier League and Coleman agreed.
“It is, definitely,” he replied. “The three goals were great but keeping back-to-back clean sheets are very important because that’s been our downfall recently. We’ve always been alright going up the other end but we showed that we’re resilient now at the back and long may that continue."
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1 Posted 07/02/2016 at 01:04:29
2 Posted 07/02/2016 at 03:12:33
Congratulations on the birth of Lily. There's something just well nice that Seamus married his high school sweetheart. Lovely fella and like Everton coming back into good form at the right time.
3 Posted 07/02/2016 at 03:14:24
4 Posted 07/02/2016 at 04:41:55
5 Posted 07/02/2016 at 05:36:23
And congratulations Seamus.
6 Posted 07/02/2016 at 07:37:14
8 Posted 07/02/2016 at 08:54:33
9 Posted 07/02/2016 at 09:00:46
And a great display yesterday, great win Ă˘â‚¬â€ś keep the run going, lads.
On a another note, why are the third jerseys not on sale, like the home and away jerseys?????
10 Posted 07/02/2016 at 09:20:01
11 Posted 07/02/2016 at 10:11:21
Good uck son, now get ready for those sleepless nights.
12 Posted 07/02/2016 at 10:23:49
13 Posted 07/02/2016 at 10:35:39
Maybe we were so relieved to see it go in, or perhaps the third goal took our minds away from it. but as headers go this was as good as anything I have seen from an Everton player.
I know thats a bold statement, given that we have had some superb headers of a ball down the years, but take another look, A spirit level will probably prove he wasnt quite horizontal at the point of contact, but he was very close. the distance he travels through the air is incredible
The movement, the timing, the desire and the execution, were all immaculate, it was a fantastic header.
Joe Royle, the Latch, Sharpie, Andy Gray, Tim Cahill, Big Dunc, would all have been very proud of this goal and although they have all scored truly brilliant headers, this one comes out on top for me - yes I remember Gray's brace
Made up for him. If you haven't seen it in slow mo, do your self a favour
15 Posted 07/02/2016 at 10:37:33
We actually look quite dangerous at corners, with better delivery and more threat from Funes.
16 Posted 07/02/2016 at 10:38:20
17 Posted 07/02/2016 at 10:41:53
18 Posted 07/02/2016 at 12:16:59
19 Posted 07/02/2016 at 12:24:44
20 Posted 07/02/2016 at 12:55:14
21 Posted 07/02/2016 at 13:21:11
ps: I like how he acknowledges the sitter he missed versus Swansea at the death. Ahhhhh!!! Oh well he will make up for it I am sure.
22 Posted 07/02/2016 at 17:00:46
23 Posted 07/02/2016 at 17:52:54
24 Posted 07/02/2016 at 18:32:42
25 Posted 07/02/2016 at 21:22:23
26 Posted 08/02/2016 at 11:45:11
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