In Summary
  • When we are playing at home, we hear the fans non-stop and to have that backing from them, it does make a massive difference
  • This season I have taken up the number nine shirt and, for me, that is a massive honour at this great club
  • The new signings who arrived over the summer have all settled in really well within the group

We have made a solid start to the new Premier League season after collecting four points from our opening two matches. We didn’t quite get the result we wanted away at Crystal Palace but it was great to return to Goodison Park last week, play in front of a special atmosphere and reward our fans with a hard-earned 1-0 win against Watford.

Arriving at the stadium, seeing all the fans with their flags and walking out onto the pitch to our famous matchday anthem ‘Z-Cars’… it brought back memories of the great times we had at Goodison towards the end of last season with the wins against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

When we are playing at home, we hear the fans non-stop and to have that backing from them, it does make a massive difference. We had a small wobble in terms of results in the middle of last season, so to shake that off, turn it around and have what we have now at home, that’s very special. If we can continue playing well and repaying our fans for their great support, we have an exciting season ahead of us.

Last Saturday, it was important we started on the right note and we did that thanks to Bernard’s early goal. Performance-wise, I believe there is still a lot more to come from the team as it is still early days in the season but we earned the victory and that was the most important factor from the afternoon.

This season I have taken up the number nine shirt and, for me, that is a massive honour at this great club. As a kid, you always picture the centre-forward as the number nine - that’s the number that every striker wants to wear.

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