Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson has said that his side put in an “incredible” shift as they beat Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ferguson arrived with an immediate impact, lifting the spirits of the fans – and the players – as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace and Richarlison’s earlier header were enough despite Mateo Kovacic’s goal to make it 2-1.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ferguson picked out Calvert-Lewin – whose double was his first in four years – as the star performer.
Asked if he was aware that the England Under-21 international had such a performance in his locker, the interim boss said: “Absolutely. We like him here. The goals have come in, he scored two today and his work ethic and he’s always a threat in behind.
“He had a little bit of help up there today with Richarlison in the first half.
“And what an incredible shift he put in. What an incredible shift everybody put in. When their centre-backs stay deep you’ve got to make sure you get a cross in and we did that.”
The Toffees looked solid with a 4-4-2 formation throughout and Ferguson was impressed with how his players stuck to the plan, adding that he pictured the result going the way it did.
“Yeah I did to be honest, I know we had to sit back and defend,” he said. “We probably sat back and got into a good shape and we had to pick a good time to break and I think we did that well.
“As you can see it was a 4-4-2 formation with two holding midfielders and I thought we did that well. We pressed the ball well when it went wide.”
Asked about his own emotions in the dugout for the first time – having scored 72 goals for Everton as a player – Ferguson added: “It was incredible today, I’ve never felt anything like that in my life.
“It was unbelievable, what an atmosphere. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
Everton’s next game sees them face Manchester United at Old Trafford next Sunday.