Jordan Pickford says Everton must now push forward and look to the future after surviving on the final day thanks to a ‘massive’ performance.
How has pre-season gone?
The Toffees have refrained from globetrotting and ventured only as far as Switzerland to beat Stade Nyonnais 2-1 before returning to England to face Wigan, Bolton and Stoke, Monza and Sporting – registering four clean sheets and shipping merely three goals in those games.
Everton made a winning start to their pre-season campaign with 2-1 victory over FC Stade Nyonnais in Switzerland.
“We’ve been working hard as a team on the training pitch and the gaffer has been working hard on all aspects of our game – but clean sheets are a good starting point,” says Col eman.
Everton retained their unbroken Premier League status by the skin of their teeth for the second season running last term. “We’ve learned a lot and can make sure this never happens again,” says captain Seamus Coleman.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year extension in June to enter his 15th year at the club – having joined from Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in January 2009.
Was staying for another year a formality? “Obviously, it’s been a tough couple of years for everyone involved with our club,” says the Republic of Ireland skipper in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
“I had some time to think, and then I had the injury as well, which added to the thinking time – but you can’t walk away, or it’s very hard to walk away, from something you love and you know. I love the football club.””I love coming here every day. I think the most important thing was I still felt capable as well. I felt good and strong against some very good wingers and in training. If the boys were skipping past me easily in training every day then it would definitely be time to consider. So I was happy to sign and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”
Coleman has now clocked 409 appearances for the club, which places him 17th in the all-time list and one more season means he could easily break into the top 10 by the end of this campaign.