Defender Seamus Coleman admits it was “important” for Everton to pick up their first win of the season at home to Southampton.
The Toffees’ campaign got off to a rocky start when they were reduced to 10 men after 40 minutes of their clash with Wolves last weekend.
Despite being at a disadvantage they managed to claim a 2-2 draw at Molineux courtesy of a brace from summer arrival Richarlison.
The Brazilian continued his fine start to life in blue this weekend when bagging his third goal of the campaign after Theo Walcott had opened the scoring against Southampton.
Danny Ings did reduce the deficit in the second half, however, Southampton were unable to complete the turnaround and Everton, who can be backed at 13.00 to finish in the top four, claimed their first win of 2018-19.
Coleman was handed the captain’s armband for the home clash with the Saints and he was full of praise for their attacking options, while also stressing the importance of getting an early victory.
“The attacking players linked up brilliantly at times. They were great and very lively in front of goal,” Coleman said.
“We are really enjoying having Richarlison in the team for the attacking quality he provides but also for his work ethic.
“But it was not just him. I thought Theo was great, Cenk held the ball up brilliantly and Gylfi always puts in a great shift. They all did really well.
“It was massively important to make sure we got the three points.”