Everton midfielder Andros Townsend thanks mum after sensational strike

Everton ace Andros Townsend thanks his MUM for helping him rediscover his confidence after her homemade showreel inspired 25-yard stunner in comeback win against Burnley

  • Andros Townsend reveals his mum created a goal compilation to inspire him 
  • The Englishman praised Rafa Benitez for his impact on the squad since his arrival
  • The Everton player has highlighted the character of the team’s performance 
  • REPORT: Townsend and Gray on the mark as Everton come from behind to win 

Andros Townsend paid special tribute to his mum for helping him rediscover his confidence after his sensational strike in Everton’s 3-1 victory over Burnley. 

Townsend, who moved to Merseyside on a free transfer during the summer, was crucial in Everton’s comeback on Monday night after assisting the equaliser before scoring the second goal to put them ahead. 

It was the Englishman’s first goal in 36 Premier League appearances after the midfielder struggled to find form for Crystal Palace last season.

Andros Townsend unleashed a stunning 25-yard strike to give Everton the lead against Burnley

The Everton winger has praised both his mum and the work of his manager for his performance

When speaking with Sky Sports after the game, he said: ‘I have to give a shoutout to my mum here. 

‘During the week she sent me a compilation video of all my goals, she clipped them all together and told me I needed to believe in myself again. 

‘I think you saw that with this goal, it was rolling back the years. I’ve got that in my locker and I just have to do that on a consistent basis. 

‘With the manager hopefully I can keep getting in the right position and scoring goals for this historic football club.’

Everton have made an excellent start to the season since Rafa Benitez’s arrival, claiming 10 points from their opening four league games.

Towsend’s (left) team-mate Demarai Gray (right) scored the third and final goal for Everton

Townsend was asked about the Everton boss and said: ‘He wants it all. He doesn’t let us sit on our laurels. Demarai has had a great start but the manager has still pushed him. 

‘Can you make more runs, can you be more clinical? He was the same after the game, (he) didn’t congratulate me on that goal. 

‘Don’t know what he said but it was something like “you’re too wide” or “you weren’t making runs in behind.” 

‘That’s what he’s like, he doesn’t praise you he’s always looking to get more out of you. That’s what I love in a manager and I’m enjoying linking up with him again.’

Everton were forced to fight back after Ben Mee’s header early in the second half put Burnley ahead before Michael Keane responded quickly to equalise. 

Benitez’s side have scored 10 goals so far this season, the joint second highest in the league

Townsend spoke about the resilience of the team and their belief despite going 1-0 down.

‘Yeah it was a tough one. We went 1-0 down again but we showed great character,’ he added. ‘At this stage it’s not the victory it’s the fact we showed character which will stand us in good stead.

‘We knew what went wrong in the first half, we had no real threat. We rectified that at half-time and we were on the front foot. In the end it was fully deserved.’ 

For the first time this season, Everton altered their formation and played with three at the back.

Townsend also touched on this tactical change and said: ‘We worked on it quite a bit during the international break. It’s a tough formation, Chelsea have perfected it but we’re still new in how we want to play it. 

‘Hopefully we’ll keep working on both formations so we can chop and change when we need to throughout the season.’

Townsend is keen to see Everton continue to adapt to a system using three at the back

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