Conor Coady believes the atmosphere in the Everton game against Bournemouth on the final day of last season was louder than in the Merseyside Derby.
Speaking to More Than A Game on Tuesday (23 January, via Toffee TV), the former Blues loanee said the noise against Liverpool was loud, but that the atmosphere against the Cherries was “unbelievable”.
The 30-year-old centre-back, who now plays for Leicester City, added that it was to the point where you couldn’t hear anyone and your ears were “ringing” as the Toffees secured a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park to stay in the Premier League.
“You can’t say anything to anyone because the noise was that loud,” said Coady. “Honestly, the noise was to where your ears are ringing, that was what it was at.
“I go back to what I said before about the derby being loud and then that one was just next level. It was unbelievable, unbelievable noise.”
It was a huge day for Everton when the narrow victory over Bournemouth ensured their place in the Premier League for another season.
The roof almost lifted off Goodison in the second half when Abdoulaye Doucoure found the back of the net before they held on for what was a massive three points.
The atmosphere inside the stadium on that day was electric as Coady clearly spells out what the occasion was like to play in from a player’s perspective.
While the noise would usually be louder in the Merseyside Derby than in any other game, the Toffees fans knew how important they would be against the Cherries.
Sean Dyche will be hoping such scenes won’t be needed again this season as he looks to guide the Blues away from the relegation zone over the next few weeks.