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Seamus Coleman Shows Captain Credentials In Post-Match Interview

Seamus Coleman Shows Captain Credentials In Post-Match Interview

Despite having two goals disallowed and going one down to Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday night, Everton fought back to claim their first win since September.

Martin Odegaard gave Arsenal the lead just before half-time but goals from Richarlison and a sensational late winner from Demarai Gray got Everton a badly needed victory.

In his post-match interview on Sky Sports, Gray said Seamus Coleman pushes him every single day to keep his standards high. Interviewer Patrick Davison also told Coleman he could hear him during the match telling Gray, "Get up, get up, you're massive for us."

"He is, and I tell him that every day," said the Donegal man.

"As he said, I'm on him every day in the best way possible. Sometimes, these players don't realise how good they can be, and the ability that they have. He's got bundles of ability, and he just needs to work hard every single day because that's what the top players do, and that's what he's done this week, and that's why he got his goal. He's really on it at the moment."

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One of the lows of Everton's recent run of poor results was the 4-0 defeat at home to Liverpool last week.

"No, listen, you hurt when you lose games of football, you hurt when you make mistakes," said Coleman when asked if he'd had some "sleepless nights" due to an error he made in that game.

"The Liverpool game, I take responsibility, and feel that we were getting back in the game. I made a mistake. But, I've been around long enough to take the ups and the downs - you can't get too high, you can't get too low."

A small number of Everton fans left their seats with 27 minutes on the clock on Monday night in protest against the club's owners. They were attempting to highlight that it has been nearly 27 years since Everton won a trophy.

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"Whatever goes on behind the scenes, whatever is happening, the fans always come here to support us, first and foremost," said Coleman.

"They come to support us, and then they need to see a reaction from us to get behind us. They got behind us from minute one to minute 90, and they pushed us over the time. I think our performance showed that as well.

"100 per cent [we were sure the fans would be behind us tonight]. I've been here 12 years, you've got to take the good with the bad, and sometimes they're on your back, sometimes they're not, but one thing they do is that for 90 minutes they support you, and you could that when Demi got his unbelievable goal at the end.

"Whatever bit of criticism you get, you've got to take it on the chin because that's part and parcel of football; you come in the next day, you work hard, and your luck eventually turns."

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