Danny Mills admits that he was blown away by Everton winger Bernard’s moment of magic in the Toffees’ 2-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back says that the Brazilian attacker managed to make something out of nothing for his side’s opening goal, taking advantage of some slack defending to beat Roberto at his near post.
Bernard’s second goal of the campaign was followed up by a late Gylfi Sigurdsson strike to wrap up the points for Everton, pushing Marco Silva and his men up to 15th in the Premier League table.
Mills was left lauding the 27-year-old for the way he managed to forge a goal-scoring opportunity after the West Ham players appeared to leave the ball for dead.
Mills told Football Insider: “It was incredible from Bernard wasn’t it? Great skill, he never gave up and it looks like the West Ham players switched off for a second and thought the ball’s gone out of play or he’s lost that one.
“Suddenly it was like: ‘Nope, he hasn’t and he’s squeezed in at the near post.’ Goalkeepers always get questioned when they get beaten at the near post but it was great inventiveness and very, very clever from Bernard to see that spot and squeeze it in.”
Bernard has played in all but two of the Toffees’ Premier League fixtures this season, already doubling his goal tally at Goodison Park after scoring twice in 36 appearances during the 2018/19 campaign.
Everton’s next game sees them take on Brighton on the south coast before playing host to fellow Premier League side Watford in a League Cup clash next Tuesday.
In other Everton news, Paul Robinson is “amazed” by one player’s treatment under Marco Silva this season.