EYEING MORE: Townsend wants Everton to build momentum
PA Richard Sellers
Andros Townsend was delighted to return with a bang for Everton and Saturday’s match-winner is now eyeing FA Cup glory and European qualification.
Having started the year with an alarming 3-2 home loss to Brighton, under-fire Rafael Benitez was subject of chants from the away end as the Toffees threatened to come unstuck at Hull.
Tyler Smith put the Championship hosts ahead inside 45 seconds, with Demarai Gray and Andre Gomes turning things around only for Ryan Longman to take the third-round tie to extra-time.
Substitute Townsend scored a screamer to settle an entertaining tie as the Everton man returned from a foot injury that had lied him low for a month.
“It meant a hell of a lot,” he said after the 3-2 triumph. “Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a terrible patient when I’m injured.
“I needed to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
“Thanks to the medical team and the manager I was able to do it today safely and help this team into the next round of the cup.
“I think one thing we can say is that we’re still fighting.
“It seems that in every game this season we have given ourselves a lot of work to do.
“We’ve gone behind early or conceded a goal. One thing this team does have is character.
“When we cut the mistakes out of our game, I think we can go on a run and pick up some points in the league.”
Everton’s attention quickly turns to Tuesday’s clash with Leicester and Townsend hopes the victory in East Yorkshire can provide the catalyst for a successful end to the season.
“I think that is what this club needs,” he said on Everton’s official website. “We need to get into Europe, whether it’s in the league or the cup.
“Unfortunately, we went out early doors in the League Cup but listen, we’re getting players back.
“We have a big squad and hopefully we can go far in this competition and get back to winning ways in the league as well.”
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