Firstly I would like to welcome the directors, management, players and supporters of Everton to Selhurst Park this evening.
It’s been only four days since we last played against Norwich City but it’s brilliant to be able to talk about a favourable result again. That was such a fine win from the team who did exactly what they needed to do – dig in deep and grind out the victory that finally ended our 15 match wait.
It was a great all-round performance and you could see what it meant to all involved when the final whistle went. The emotion displayed on Jason Puncheon’s face after he’d scored said it all – this has been a tough few months for everyone involved in the club and it’s great that we have got back on track.
We know it’s not all over quite yet, so rest assured that we’re not going to breathe easy. There is still plenty to play for over the next few weeks, including securing our Premier League status, finishing as close to the 10th position we ended last season in and the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
As well as the management and players, the support on Saturday was fantastic. We asked for you to be as loud and proud as possible and you didn’t let us down. The ground was rocking from the first whistle to the last and I know the players really appreciate the lift it gives them.
It’s a busy time for us starting with tonight, then off to the Emirates for Arsenal, Old Trafford for Manchester United and last but not least Wembley.
That’s not a bad couple of weeks to look forward to, especially seeing us walk out at football’s most famous arena once again next Sunday. If you haven’t already, make sure you snap up one of the remaining tickets and take the opportunity to see your boys in action at the country’s premier stadium. It’s a great experience and hopefully will prove to be another great day for the club. Now we have made sure every season ticket holder and member has had access to a ticket, all supporters can buy one of the last few tickets left for friends and family.
It’s a big opportunity for us to gain some silverware, and maybe we’ll even face tonight’s opponents in the final should things go our way, but Watford will be tough opposition and with one win apiece in our two league meetings this season
I’m sure it’ll be a close affair. We know anything can happen in a cup tie but fingers crossed we’ll be the ones looking forward to the final.
Right now though we need to focus on a very good Everton side and make sure we continue to develop the club and stay in the world’s best and biggest sporting league.
Again your support will be crucial so please sing up and be as loud as you can be – the atmosphere is often extra special under the lights so let’s do our best to make it as noisy and upbeat as possible.