Everton defender Seamus Coleman has led the praise for the atmosphere being generated at Goodison Park over the last two games in what has become a bear-pit for away teams to visit.
The Irishman praised the support from the fans, which is no small part helped by a small group of supporters who are determined to help make Everton great again, starting with the displays of banners in the Gwladys Street, and, whisper it, a singing section.
In fact, no, don’t whisper it. A group of fans called “The Originals 1878” – to reflect that Everton were the first football league club in this city – are working with the club to make it possible for fans who want to sing, to generate a better atmosphere at the match.
On Sunday, despite the dodgy DJ skills making the sirens less than perfect, a group of lads stood at the back of the Lower Gwladys and started chant after chant. Those nearby got involved, and the chants spread across the stands, along with those started elsewhere on the terrace.
And this is having a positive effect on the players, and as Coleman says, Goodison is a tough place for opponents.
“Everything about the Chelsea result was so important,” Seamus told the club website.
“We were very disappointed with our result against Newcastle, the way we let it slip.
“But we had a great atmosphere at home against Liverpool and the fans carried that on at the weekend.
“That definitely influences the players.
“We need to give the supporters something to cheer about and too often this season that hasn’t been the case.
“But when they get right behind us, Goodison is a very tough place for our opponents.
“That is what we’ve prided ourselves on for many years, that atmosphere and teams finding it tough to come here.
“Right at the start of the second half on Sunday, Dominic put a ball across the box, the fans got with us and we went on to achieve a brilliant result.”
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