AFTER the euphoria surrounding the Newcastle win, I thought we might take a while to get going and be a little flat but this didn’t happen, writes Jack Shields.
We looked solid again at the back, competitive in midfield and carried a threat going forward for the third game in succession.
Graham is looking better now, too.
He holds up the ball and by doing that allows space for Sessegnon to drive forward – and the African is starting to score again.
The energy we show when attacking is a massive difference.
We now push players up the field and look to shoot on sight of goal. Everton have players who can hurt you – Baines, Pienaar, Fellaini etc, but we dealt with them pretty well.
Our pressing style of play means that we are towards them whenever they get the ball and they had no time to settle and get into their rhythm.
The fitness levels were excellent also; the players never stopped running all day. It wasn’t the best of games, but it doesn’t matter when you get the win.
We are almost there now. Our next three games are against teams around us and one more win should see us survive.
To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.