Everton assistant coach Duncan Ferguson revealed his delight as Thierry Small became the club’s youngest ever player, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin noted why his goal was particularly satisfying.
Everton booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup after dispatching Championship side Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.
Calvert-Lewin marked his return to action with the game’s opening goal. Headers from Richarlison and Yerry Mina rounded out the scoring on a comfortable evening for the Toffees.
With the draw for the next round already decided, Everton will face the winner of tomorrow night’s clash between Tottenham and Wycombe Wanderers.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Ferguson said: “I am absolutely delighted and we played very well and took the chance. We were dominant.
“We hit the bar, had a goal disallowed and in the second half we pushed on. It was a good all-round performance.
“We were dominant right through, Rotherham took us to extra-time and we were the better team from the go.”
On Thierry Small becoming the club’s youngest-ever player, the Scot added: “Brilliant, great for him and I’m made up for him. Really delighted. He was cool and we are delighted for him. 16, unbelievable. Hopefully the first of many.”
On their chances at lifting silverware, Ferguson concluded with the classic cup cliché: “We are in it to win it.”
Calvert-Lewin revels in victory against boyhood rivals
Calvert-Lewin also spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “Happy to be back in the goals and I have worked hard to get back to full fitness.
“I know when the ball is in those areas, I need to be aware and I am glad I was there to put it in.
“When you go 1-0 up, you are never safe and we had to score the second then got the cushion.
“It felt good to get a runout especially against them, being a boyhood Sheffield United fan.”