Theo Walcott has praised team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson for his brilliant goal that lifted Everton over Leicester last Saturday.
The Icelandic Talisman came up with a piece of magic with 13 minutes left of the clash at the King Power Stadium that was still tied at 1-1 despite the Blues' attacking superiority and Wes Morgan's dismissal for a second bookable offence.
Turning James Maddison expertly, Sigurdsson took aim from 25 yards and cracked a sublime shot into the top left corner that left goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with no chance.
It was the former Tottenham and Swansea man's third goal in two games and a strike worthy of winning any game. Walcott was full of admiration but not all that surprised given Sigurdsson's natural talent and the work he puts in on the training ground at Finch Farm.
“The goal itself deserves to win the game – it was incredible,” Walcott enthused. "His goals are brilliant.
“Gylfi practises every day in training. He's the last one off the field so I'm not surprised at all [that he scored a goal like that].”
Walcott says that the team as a whole was impressive against the Foxes as they won consecutive League games for the first time this season and also registered an away victory for the first time under Marco Silva.
It came in the wake of the Carabao Cup defeat on penalties to his former club, Southampton and sent Everton into the international break with their tails up.
“Looking back at the game, we did play some fantastic stuff,” he said.
“We worked really hard coming into the match after the disappointment earlier in the week. So to come back and get the three points was important.
“We're on 12 points now going into the international break; we're on the way up. It's nice to be in a winning team and I'm very pleased with the football we played.”
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1 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:52:07
But to see this comment is great to read.
2 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:55:32
3 Posted 09/10/2018 at 20:25:36
Gylfi has had the same reputation with Swansea and his national team. Nobody works harder.
Happy to see him achieving the levels we expected.
4 Posted 09/10/2018 at 20:28:22
The difference with Gylfi's was that as soon as he'd slipped his man (beautifully!) he knew that ball was going in the top left postage stamp. One of the best goals I've seen in a long time.
5 Posted 09/10/2018 at 21:18:06
7 Posted 09/10/2018 at 22:03:45
Just on the goal though, Zouma gets an assist for his pass to Sigurdsson but Bernard doesn't get an assist because the keeper touched it. On what planet was that not an assist?
8 Posted 09/10/2018 at 22:06:38
And it was a pearl of a goal!
9 Posted 09/10/2018 at 23:49:48
But before everyone starts blowing one another (favorite line from Pulp Fiction, apologies), some perspective.
We're 3-3-2. Not exactly league winning form.
We've looked utter crap in some games.
We have a horrific away schedule coming up.
We've been knocked out of a cup competition far too early for my liking.
We're back on the up. But before we start shitting rainbows, in Theo's words, "we did play some fantastic stuff," let's keep our focus. Some consistency and some more points on the board would go a long, long way for me before we start reading the plethora of player quotes about how wonderful we're doing.
Someone shit in my Corn Flakes this morning, clearly.
It was a great, great goal to be sure. Need to make that clear. I'd just prefer some more results and a string of better performances before we get all, "aren't we something!"
How about, "it was a wonderful goal. Gilfy is a hard-working player who deserved that moment. We played some really good stuff. But we need to maintain our focus and climb up the table. Everton needs to be in a higher position than they currently are, and the fans deserve even more. We need to aspire to Champions League places and silverware."
11 Posted 10/10/2018 at 00:20:26
And, by the way, I've always thought Sigurdsson a top, top player. Happily, since M&M took over, he now has a few team-mates somewhere near his level. Long may it continue.
12 Posted 10/10/2018 at 04:38:09
He wasn't at 10 when he scored that goal, he'd been moved back to a more withdrawn role.
He can play both and we need to keep him where the space is.
13 Posted 10/10/2018 at 06:23:06
Mind you, another International break doesn't help to maintain any sort of momentum.
Jamie C, someone shit in your corn flakes eh, I strongly suspect a cereal offender!
14 Posted 10/10/2018 at 08:54:26
15 Posted 10/10/2018 at 09:06:11
I think the fact that Sigurdsson is captain for his country also speaks volumes for his suitability.
16 Posted 10/10/2018 at 09:44:17
Regarding Sigurdsson's goal against Leicester, I was struck by the similarity to his goal at Southampton last season when we lost 4-1. He has that in his locker and, as we continue to improve, I expect more of that from him; happy days. :)
17 Posted 10/10/2018 at 11:13:11
He's a genuine goalscoring threat.
Now for another goal at Anfield please mate. This time, the winner...
19 Posted 10/10/2018 at 13:01:04
20 Posted 10/10/2018 at 15:31:20
22 Posted 10/10/2018 at 20:02:36
It's a trajectory more often seen in top class serving by tennis players, impossible for keepers, even those as competent and with great reach like Schmeichel. It's great to see him settle in and we are certainly seeing more quality as the quality of the attacking players around him improves.
I agree with call for captaincy for Gylfy rather than Tom who is too young for the job, but I expect Seamus back soon.
Sorry to hear of Jamie's cereal problems and hope the weather problems down Florida way don't cause further woe.
23 Posted 11/10/2018 at 05:00:10
24 Posted 11/10/2018 at 06:31:45
It was also interesting watching the behind the scenes video at Leicester – he certainly looks like captain material, with his cajoling and unflappable intensity.
I saw a fair bit of him down here in Wales, where he was very much appreciated by the Swansea faithful.
We have a super player on our hands – let's enjoy it.
25 Posted 11/10/2018 at 06:38:37
"But before we start shitting rainbows..." "Someone shit in my Corn Flakes this morning, clearly."
"Someone shit in my Corn Flakes this morning, clearly."
Jamie Dude, did you get freaked out by that hurricane? You need rest. Lots of rest. And a big pink pill. Or two.
Derek #13, you stole my line.
26 Posted 11/10/2018 at 07:27:53
As for Mr Crowley, not only did someone shit in his flakes, he was forced to eat them too I could imagine, possibly with warm milk. ;)
27 Posted 11/10/2018 at 07:50:01
28 Posted 11/10/2018 at 11:08:13
29 Posted 11/10/2018 at 12:38:03
He's like a different player this season, playing at No 10 with plenty of confidence and within an attacking side.
The only reason he was moved back (cleverly by the Manager) was to make better use of the space following the sending-off; but we're probably saying the same thing.
30 Posted 11/10/2018 at 14:34:22
Brilliant - "cereal offender". Love it.
Regarding Hurricane Michael (Tony A and Frank W), Crowley's are safe and sound. It basically missed us. We're on the Atlantic. One of my sons (#2) thankfully left Florida State in Tallahassee to come home.
The poor, poor people on the Gulf Coast got hammered. Utter devastation. I've been through a Category 3 and it's awful. Michael almost made a Category 3 look like child's play.
Puts my little rant about being overly positive about a team, and a sport / game, into perspective.
Cheers to all.
Mike Gaynes - In a Matrix moment, I took the blue pill and went down the rabbit hole. Always the blue pill over the red pill.
31 Posted 12/10/2018 at 12:25:59
Btw, that Bernard is quality!!!
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