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‘Fantastic footballer’: Conor Coady now says he’s loving playing with 29-year-old Everton man this season
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‘Fantastic footballer’: Conor Coady now says he’s loving playing with 29-year-old Everton man this season

Everton defender Conor Coady finally opened his account for the Toffees in their 2-1 win over Southampton yesterday.

The on-loan centre-back tapped in Amadou Onana’s header across goal to earn Frank Lampard’s side an important three points.

Speaking to Everton’s official website after the match, Coady was full of praise for his teammates and the travelling Everton faithful.

Lampard’s side came out on top after a frantic six minutes at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Joe Aribo put the Saints ahead before Coady scored the equaliser.

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He had previously thought he had scored his first Everton goal, before having his effort in the Merseyside derby disallowed.

Two minutes later, Dwight McNeil put Everton ahead and extended his side’s unbeaten streak to six league games.

In his interview, Coady talked about how much he loved playing with James Tarkowski.

The pair couldn’t keep a clean sheet yesterday, but have been vital to Everton’s defensive record this season.

Only Manchester City have conceded less goals than Everton and that in part is down to Coady and Tarkowski’s partnership.

Coady loves playing with Tarkowski

Speaking after the game about the 29-year-old, Coady said: “He’s an incredible person.

“More than being a fantastic football player, he’s a fantastic person.

“You can see what he does when he plays, you can see the type of character he is, and he’s exactly the same off the pitch as well.

“I think he’s a fantastic footballer, a really, really good friend of mine, and I’m loving playing with him, he’s a fantastic fella.”

Coady and Tarkowski have partnered each other seven times for Everton so far this season.

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Clean sheets in two of their last three games show the progress they’re making.

Both centre-backs will also be hoping to attract the attention of Gareth Southgate with the World Cup looming.

Conor Coady has already been tipped by one pundit to be the next in line for an England call-up.

For the next few weeks, Everton fans will be hoping that Coady and Tarkowski continue to love playing alongside each other.

If they do, the positive results should continue and the threat of relegation will be dismissed much earlier than last season.

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