Everton produced a lacklustre first half performance in yesterday’s match against Bournemouth and it looked if Eddie Howe’s side would put their recent struggles to one side and secure a vital win.
The Cherries let their hosts off the hook when David Brooks went through one on one in the opening period, only to see his shot bounce back off the post, but it was clear Marco Silva’s side needed to improve.
Goodison Park will forgive a lack of quality when the effort is there and while they now know that Andre Gomes possesses silkiness in abundance, but he showed a sturdier side to his game yesterday.
The Barcelona loanee put himself around in midfield – going close to the mark at times – but showed the basic effort and toughness that is sometimes needed to secure a win in the Premier League.
Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin eventually got the goals that carried Everton to a much-needed 2-0 victory after a dodgy Christmas period, but the steel of Gomes in midfield did not go unnoticed by the fans.
They love Gomes already on Merseyside and we’ve put together some of the best reaction from the supporters after a crucial victory…
Loved the dark side of gomes today! Need a player to get down and dirty and be sly! 👌 Quality player
— BlueNose..👤 (@AlphaAlien2) January 13, 2019
2nd half is the Everton we want. Persistence paid off.
— Paul (@tubby_toffee) January 13, 2019
@aftgomes are you going to sign on a permanent deal?
— cjmarston (@cjmarston) January 13, 2019
Loved the fight today 👊🏻🔵⚪️
— J (@J_G892) January 13, 2019
Taking no prisoners today lad.
Keep it up. pic.twitter.com/40MC4821YK
— Funk Soul Brother (@funksoultoffee) January 13, 2019
Delighted with the 2nd half effort and will to win.
— frank-efc (@franky528) January 14, 2019
You are the cog of our team, we need you. #Talisman 🖊🙏🏼💙
— Jamie Burdekin (@JamieBurdekin1) January 13, 2019
Played well today mate 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Marko Labee EFC (@EFCBlood) January 13, 2019