'Absolutely Huge' - Exclusive: Whelan blown away by Everton player savaged by many fans
Noel Whelan claimed Theo Walcott “desperately needed” the goal that saw Everton complete a dramatic comeback against Watford on Saturday.
The ex-Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, saw the win as not only “huge” for Everton’s season but also for the out-of-form winger.
The 90th-minute winner was the 30-year-old’s first goal of the season as Everton came back from a two-goal deficit to claim all three points at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets appeared to be in control going into half time but two stoppage-time efforts from central defender Yerry Mina ensured it was all square at the break.
When asked about the significance of the result and for the forward personally, Whelan told Football Insider: “Huge. Absolutely huge. To be 2-0 down and later a man down but go on to win the game shows a massive belief and character in the dressing room.
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“Walcott stepping up at the end and grabbing the winning goal – I think he desperately needed it to be honest. He needed that confidence and belief in his own game and hopefully, he will get that from scoring the winning goal.
“It is nice to see him back on the scoresheet. A player of his ability should be at least seven goals in at this stage of the season.”
The former Arsenal winger failed to score on his previous 21 appearances this term and has been slaughtered by a significant section of Everton fans.
The Toffees continue to improve under new manager Carlo Ancelotti – they are up to ninth in the Premier League.
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