Dele reflects on Goodison goal
05 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli described Toby Alderweireld’s pass as ‘perfection’ as he plundered his fifth goal in the Premier League at Everton on Sunday.
But the young midfielder was quick to stress that goals are a bonus and he’s happy to be a regular starter in Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Dele was in the spotlight again after a wonderful finish from Toby’s assist – if that was the perfect pass, it was certainly the perfect finish!
“It was another fantastic pass from Toby and like at West Brom, I didn’t have to do too much,” reflected Dele, whose five goals have come in 15 starts and three substitute appearances in the Premier League.
“It gives you great confidence as an attacking player when you make those runs and the ball comes to you with such perfection. It gives you the confidence to keep on making them.
“But I’m not too bothered about the goals. I’m just happy to be playing and keeping my place in this team. If the goals come, they come, but as long as we’re getting the points, it doesn’t matter who scores.”
Unfortunately, Dele’s goal and an outstanding first half display wasn’t rewarded by maximum points at Goodison Park as Aaron Lennon’s bolt out of the blue – Everton’s first shot – opened the scoring on 22 minutes before Dele’s response late in the half.
We started the second half in charge as well before the home side came back into it in the latter stages as it ended a point apiece.
“I would definitely say we deserved the three points,” added Dele. “The lads know we dominated the first half and we could have scored three or four and seen the game off.
Delighted to get the goal today, however disappointed we're not leaving with all 3 points! Another strong performance from the team #COYS— Dele Alli (@Dele_Alli) January 3, 2016
“It wasn’t to be though. We went 1-0 down against the run of play but we showed great character to get the goal back and dominate the game.
“We’ve worked hard in training and we’ve definitely turned it around since the defeat against Newcastle. You can see how hard it hit the boys not to win.”