EVERTON should take a lot of confidence from the convincing Carling Cup victory over Huddersfield in midweek.
It was really pleasing to see five different attacking players get on the scoresheet. I know it was against lower league opposition but it’s always a relief to get off the mark for the season.
The most satisfying part was the performance of those young players who haven’t had a chance to shine in the Premier League so far this season. Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman were excellent, while Magaye Gueye showed some flashes of class and produced a wonderful cross for the opening goal.
It was no surprise to see Rodwell and Coleman play so well because we all know they are two stars of the future. But to come in and grab their opportunity like that showed real quality and character.
They are both knocking hard on the door ahead of tomorrow’s league trip to Villa Park.
It’s good for the manager to have such competition for places and I can’t remember a time when the quality of the squad was so high.
Villa have fallen apart in their last two games and are vulnerable. If we start well we should be able to get the result we all want.