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Tom reflects on Toffees draw

Posted on 5 January 2016  - 16:44

Tom Carroll felt the first goal at Goodison Park was always going to be important – and so it proved.

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We asked all sorts of questions of Everton in the opening stages of our match on Sunday, Harry Kane even hitting the post, but it was the hosts who took the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Aaron Lennon.

Of course, we continued to push forward and after Ben Davies also struck the woodwork it was Dele Alli who popped up with our equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Unfortunately we couldn’t push on and win the game after the restart, the points ultimately being shared after a 1-1 draw.

Having come through the full match in central midfield, Tom pinpointed Lennon’s strike as a key moment in the game but was nonetheless encouraged by the team’s performance.

“If we’d have got the first goal it would have been a lot more comfortable,” suggested the 23-year-old.

“Obviously when we equalised we felt confident but as the game went on it got a bit stretched and we went chasing the three points but it just wasn’t to be.

“Personally, it was nice to get the 90 minutes and be trusted to do that – hopefully I repaid that trust. As a group we were good and on another day I feel we would have got all three points.”

The busy schedule continues apace this month with back-to-back home games against Leicester City up next in the FA Cup and Premier League.

Of course, the Foxes have made headlines for their lofty position in the domestic standings in the first half of the campaign but, having won three and drawn one of our four games since last month’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United, Tom says the players are not short of confidence ahead of our double-header with Claudio Ranieri’s men.

“The way we’ve reacted to the Newcastle game shows what we’re all about and we want to keep that going,” he said.

“We’ve got two tough games against Leicester coming up – they’ve been doing very well in the league so they’ll be two good tests but we’re looking forward to it.

“Games against the teams around us are the key ones and if we want to be up there at the end of the season then they are the games where we need to get maximum points. They should be two good games.”