Gylfi Sigurdsson believes Everton’s opening goal proved to be the “key” behind their astonishing 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United.
Marco Silva’s side outclassed United at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon to hand the visitors a sixth defeat in eight games.
After being denied by David de Gea, Richarlison scored a brilliant 13th-minute volley to put Everton ahead and ultimately set things up for a memorable day for the home supporters.
Winger Gylfi Sigurdsson then put the Toffees in control with a sensational 25-yard into the bottom left-hand corner of the net (see video below).
Despite their strong advantage, however, Everton showed no signs of easing off the gas in the second half. Former Barcelona defender Lucas Digne scored his own long-range effort from the edge of the area to put them 3-0 up.
Substitute Thero Walcott completed Everton’s demolition of United by slotting the ball underneath De Gea after Sigurdsson’s perfect through ball.
“The first goal was the key. After that, we defended really well. It was important for us to get the next goal after going 2-0 up. It gave us constant belief and we controlled the game after that,” Sigurdsson told Sky Sports.
“I don’t know how far out I was for the goal. I struck it beautifully. The wet pitch made it hard for the goalkeeper to get it.”
Meanwhile, Ex-Arsenal star Walcott was pleased to prove a point by coming off the bench to score his fourth Premier League goal of the season.
“We all work really hard together and it shows – the most important thing is the fans, they enjoyed the weather and we enjoyed the day,” said Walcott.
“I’ve found it difficult of late but the team have been playing well, all you have got to do is get your head down, train hard and it shows I am ready when called upon.”
Everton have moved to seventh-place in the standings, for the time being, and will next take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next Saturday.