Seamus Coleman was all smiles after this evening's long-awaited victory over Liverpool but while he insisted it was a relief to finally put to bed a long-standing hoodoo on the home turf of Everton's arch rivals, he also called on his team-mates to turn around their disappointing home form.
The skipper played an instrumental role in helping shut Liverpool out in the Toffees' 2-0 win at Anfield and almost scored himself with what would have been a terrific goal just past the half-hour mark but, as the only Everton player on the pitch to have experienced a win over the reds, he was just happy to come out on the winning side.
Richarlison gave the Blues an early led, latching onto James Rodriguez's neat, defence-splitting pass and burying a shot in the far corner of Alisson Becker's goal and when Dominic Calvert-Lewin was felled trying to slot home a with 10 minutes to go, Gylfi Sigurdsson slotted from the spot to put the result beyond doubt.
“It's an amazing feeling,” Coleman beamed afterwards, with video clips of him being embraced by Carlo Ancelotti after the final whistle illustrative of how much it meant to him.
That's for all the Evertonians who have struggled over the last number of years.
"You know, coming here all the years and kind of letting ourselves down but, more importantly, letting the Blue side of the City down… it's been hard.
“We can put a [positive] face on it and try and brush it off but I've been in the City basically for 10 years and it's difficult to take and you feel sorry for the fans [who are] fed up of you coming up with the same clichés after losing [derbies] so, to be honest, thank the manager for the way he set us up.
“The players put in an unbelievable shift and that was against the champions, so we're delighted.
“[The key] as a team was just to compete and try and break the press when we could. But, listen, when you're holding a lead, it is difficult to be brave and try and play it out from the back and we probably didn't play as much as we would have liked but we got the result.
“Dominic came on and made a difference and I think for us now [it's about moving] on as quickly as possible because it can't just be a celebration of this. We need to start moving the Football Club forward and that goes back to [results like] against Fulham at home and West Ham at home and that's where we need to start being better all round.”
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1 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:09:49
Everton the first of the two clubs to win one.
2 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:20:37
3 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:43:31
Why would Klopp offer any congratulations? I wouldnt expect our manager to do it if the circumstances were the other way round.
4 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:43:46
5 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:51:11
6 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:53:10
Did you know he was the only remaining Everton player who had previously beaten the RS?
7 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:03:20
Seamus & the whole back line & yes that certainly inclused Pickford were amazing. So was Tom.
8 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:03:23
Im made up for Seamus who must be one of the most genuine pros in the game.
Also, the bargain of the PL era.
To come back from horrendous injury and play at the top level again - brilliant!
A true Blue Hall of Famer.
9 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:12:57
10 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:22:02
Their body language is a busted flush and they are going down the bog...Mr Ed, is on the edge.
Its the strangest of seasons but lets see what happens.
11 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:44:20
I had made 2 wishes to myself that I would see Everton win again at Anfield and the other wish being I would see inside the new ground.
My brother took me to my first game at Goodison in 1949. Everton were playing Preston North End. I am 82 right now so I hope I am not expecting too much.
13 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:35:56
Great Day for Evertonians!
14 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:40:54
15 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:45:36
The troglodyte Murphy, cant take the reality salts, from todays game.
Hopefully the start of the path to a better place for Everton.
16 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:33:27
17 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:49:30
18 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:51:55
Us old timers have been through some unusually lean years but today I was jumpimg off the sofa like I was 16 again.
Lets hope its the real turning point for us.
19 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:59:04
20 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:33:52
Really pleased for Seamus. The clichés were getting harder and harder to stomach year after year.
But it's finally over.
21 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:35:30
Totally agree, Coleman was sick of coming out with the same stuff year on year like us but as Captain he had to say something.
It is brilliant to see a superb professional like him enjoying the moment, wouldn't it be great to see him lift a trophy.
22 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:51:24
I came home, over two hours to go till kick off, I decided to go for a walk by the jewel in our citys crown. The wind was howling by the waterfront, but the Pier-head always inspires me, and so does the drive along the dock road now that our new home is going to be there.
I said a little prayer for Everton besides Bramley Moore, and then came home and just knew we were going to beat Liverpool, when my partner told me shed made a pan of scouse, because Id been winding one of my horrible red mates up because of an idiotic post about Liverpudlians wanting to keep it scouse!
Anyway my brother has just texted me to say one of his in-laws, has been given a start date for December, with regards to Bramley Moore. So like everyone else Frank, alls weve got to do now is stay alive to see it, on the banks of the royal blue Mersey!
23 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:13:50
I've just watched the highlights again, I think it's starting to sink in that maybe, just maybe, our time is coming around again.
I was 13 when we won the Cup... I'll be 40 in August...we've earned this.
Tony #22 Nice story, your prayer obviously helped.
24 Posted 21/02/2021 at 16:03:42
25 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:56:27
26 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:03:45
The reports of Coleman having a word with Klopp and backing up the Dunc are classic.
“We are allowed to talk or is it just you Jurgen?"
He got the club and the roots immediately when he first set foot in Goodison and he knows he has much to be grateful for being an Everton player, that's what people really like about the man, so genuine and decent.
His best days may be behind him, but he gives still gives everything.
Seamus is desperate to win a trophy and knows he has maybe the next twelve to eighteen months or so to do so as part of the squad.
I know he is very excited about the new ground, but it has come too late for him.
He's 32, contract is up in 2022 and if he stays injury free the best he can hope for maybe another year, maybe two.
All of Killybegs and Donegal, actually probably the whole Ireland are praying it happens for him, that's the standing of the man over here, have never heard anyone say a bad word about him.
27 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:16:23
To seen Seamus lift a trophy for Everton would be the happiest day of watching sport in my life.
28 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:29:03
His work with disabled children goes mostly unnoticed, think I am right in saying his brother is downs syndrome.
A man of the people.
The local Everton kids knock on his door, he never lets them down.
Cans of lemonade, chocolate sweets.
A brilliant man.
29 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:35:03
30 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:35:29
31 Posted 21/02/2021 at 20:15:25
I was amazed he stayed tbh the fortitude of the fella is remarkable I fully expect him to manage the club one day.
32 Posted 21/02/2021 at 20:34:31
Bang on lads, wouldn't it, shouldn't it!!
We all see a core group of God- Frey, Holgate, DCL + Tom who all in their own way are saying to Liverpool etc fuck off
Step aside, put this alongside class like Rodriguez etc it is exciting isn't it ?
Imagine if Pickford finally got his act together like yesterday when he was superb ?
33 Posted 21/02/2021 at 20:44:12
We now must beat Southampton and West Brom in the next 2 games! I want to see this ‘Fuck You' attitude in every match!
Am I also being greedy in wanting the embarrassing away records at Chelsea and Arsenal also smashed away this season too!!
I'm also pleased Seamus talk about the fact that they're pissed off about Fulham, Newcastle and West Ham!!
I'm looking forward to the next few years!! Good luck, Seamus!
34 Posted 21/02/2021 at 21:20:41
Frank # 11 you had an early start and a long innings. Good luck man. I'm 77, live in Dublin and hope to see the stadium built. Do we become more passionate as we age?
37 Posted 22/02/2021 at 01:47:32
38 Posted 22/02/2021 at 07:43:34
39 Posted 22/02/2021 at 10:29:00
This was right up there with the ups.
But we must start winning at home.
40 Posted 22/02/2021 at 11:47:37
Now that would be fitting - against an Ireland select maybe.
That is probably the fixture he would go for.
Thomas @ 28,
His brother Stevie has cerebral palsy.
41 Posted 22/02/2021 at 18:48:52
To the posters who commented on my post#11, I never thought I would get such a response thanks again.
42 Posted 23/02/2021 at 21:13:35
Thank you sir – from the Franks of this great club of ours to the 5-year-old grandkids – just about feeling the pain we've known for years.
Now, let's bury Southampton and get real traction from this!
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