Everton Assistant Manager, Duncan Ferguson, says that the Blues' fightback against Manchester United on Saturday and this evening's extraordinary 5-4 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup show the strength of character in the camp.
Just four days after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's dramatic last-gasp equaliser at Old Trafford secured a point for Everton in a 3-3 draw, Bernard smashed home a superb extra-time winner to propel the club into the last eight of the FA Cup after the team had had to come back from conceding an early goal to Spurs.
Calvert-Lewin was on the mark again, hammering home an equaliser in the first half that ignited a rally from the Toffees that saw them go 3-1 up, only to concede late in stoppage time to go into the half-time interval at 3-2.
Tottenham levelled the tie at 3-3, Richarlison grabbed his brace with an excellent second, only for Harry Kane to equalise again seven minutes from the end of normal time. But Sigurdsson found Bernard with a sublime dink over the top in the 97th minute and the Brazilian finished with aplomb to settle a breathless encounter at Goodison Park.
Asked by evertontv if he and Carlo Ancelotti were proud of the team after the epic Fifth Round tie, Ferguson said: “Yeah, brilliant. The players showed tremendous character in the match.
“We went behind, showed that character to get back and into the lead. We got up to 3-1 and were fantastic in parts of the game. We weren't so good in defending set-pieces tonight; I thought Tottenham were very strong in that department.
“The boys have had a great attitude all season, a never-say-die attitude. I think it was there for everyone to see tonight, as it was at Old Trafford.
“There were a lot of players who come in tonight and made a difference. Bernard had a great finish on his left side; Gylfi was great and had a lot of assists. Dominic was fantastic; Richy scored a couple of goals which will be great for his confidence; so all around there were a lot of good performances out there.
“It's been far too long since we won a trophy so hopefully this is our year. We're all pushing for it. The players, as you can see tonight, are all fighting for it.”
Sigurdsson, meanwhile, spoke to the BT cameras afterwards and expressed his satisfaction with the victory, even if he felt Everton had been too open at the back when defending dead-ball situations.
“I think it was too open-ended, too many goals,” he said “It was probably good to watch!
“It was fantastic to come back. We conceded, I think, three goals probably from corners or set pieces, which is something we need to have a look at and work on, but the spirit in the team to come back and eventually go through is fantastic.
"We started really slowly. We were kind of caught in between pressing and sitting back and they took advantage of that. They were much better in the first 20-30 minutes but I think after our goal we came out a little bit and obviously got the 3-1 lead but we're disappointed to then concede just before half-time.
“As I said, it was probably fantastic to sit at home and watch the game but, for our liking, it was too open. But it was a fantastic cup game and obviously fantastic to still be in the competition."
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1 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:45:45
2 Posted 11/02/2021 at 03:20:58
3 Posted 11/02/2021 at 04:55:00
Kind of game suitable for Sigurdsson to display his skills, which he did.
4 Posted 11/02/2021 at 07:56:47
It seems that anything goes at corners these days. Surely it is time that rules were enforced to stop the holding and shirt-grabbing.
Outside of the box, a shirt pull is usually a yellow card although I did notice that Moura got away with one which stopped us breaking. Every other one was yellowed. Then we go to a free-kick or corner and it becomes WWE.
5 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:11:08
6 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:14:44
7 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:24:07
The psychology is different from what it used to be, the players Carlo and Brands have signed have been a resounding success and have fully bought in to what Carlo Ancelotti wants from them.
A resonant and constant word from Ancelotti is that he wants the players to play with ‘courage.
I think the players have responded to the call and if they can keep it consistent are on the way to achieving great things. The fact that Tom Davies and Andre Gomes have rally stepped up really does make us stronger in a vital part of the team. Allan is on his way back too. Richarlison maybe finding form. King has been bough to add depth to the forward line. All positives that will make us even stronger.
I think this time he optimism around is not built on sand, its built on solid foundations. Its going to be a great ride between now and the end of the season to see how far we can go.
8 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:47:30
Watching MOTD and Leon's highlighting of the main person who failed to mark his man - - - erm? I think he needs to replace the word Everton with the personal pronoun "I".
9 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:55:12
So whilst undoubtedly Sigurdsson didnt do a great job. Firstly not getting tight enough and secondly getting too tight Im sure the coaches will be looking at how we didnt get defensive headers on the initial cross.
10 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:03:09
The coaches looked at it during the game and changed it accordingly.
After the poor defending initially from set pieces Michael Keane moved to marking the area where they were hurting us, the near post.
11 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:21:32
Good job the Iceman had a stormer going forwards.
12 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:28:56
13 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:59:29
14 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:20:49
15 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:35:17
16 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:41:44
17 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:18:50
18 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:24:27
I see DCL is having a scan. He has played a lot of football over the last couple of years and having not long come back from injury l hope he is allowed the time to recover.
So its on to the next game. I would give Bernard another go on the left and push Richy up top. I know it leaves King on the bench but l'd like to give Richy his shot in the number 9 spot.
19 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:01:10
20 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:29:16
Carlo telling players to be brave and have courage is having it rewards. For a while we may have to put up with goals conceded while trying to get the balance right.
Both Gylfi and Tom Davies are having an upturn in form because the coach has confidence in them, hopefully the fans will respond.
Afterthought is Mason Holgate going to beat Seamus Coleman in being the next whipping boy on ToffeeWeb.
21 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:36:50
22 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:17:45
23 Posted 14/02/2021 at 08:41:43
Looks like there has been a work behind the scenes that has done the trick.
24 Posted 15/02/2021 at 22:19:05
25 Posted 16/02/2021 at 19:52:47
That must surely be printed on a thousand tee shirts?
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