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Coleman vows to keep scoring after 20-month wait


ON TARGET: Seamus Coleman celebrates. Pic: Reuters

ON TARGET: Seamus Coleman celebrates. Pic: Reuters

ON TARGET: Seamus Coleman celebrates. Pic: Reuters

Seamus Coleman hopes to go on a scoring run after ending a 20-month wait for a goal.

The Donegal man had been an important source of goals for Everton, netting nine times in the Premier League between 2013-15.

But since scoring against Crystal Palace in January 2017 Coleman had failed to find the net, so was hugely relieved to finally end that drought in Saturday's 3-1 win over Brighton.

"I'm used to scoring goals, I was a little bit disappointed with my last performance and any time I score I go a little bit mad," Coleman said, explaining his enthusiastic goal celebration.

"I'm delighted to score the goal and hopefully it's the first of many this season.

"It was a frustrating time to be out and then you come back and you have a few niggles and, unfortunately, this season I've had some niggles as well.

"Thankfully, I'm back on the pitch and the fitter I get the more chances I'm sure I'll get," he added.

Meanwhile, Everton boss Marco Silva says Richarlison is setting an example to the rest of the squad.

The £40m summer signing repaid the faith shown in him by the Toffees boss in continuing to play him as a central striker with two goals.

It took his tally to six for the season, already one more than he managed in the whole of the previous campaign.

Richarlison, while playing for Watford 12 months ago, saw his goals dry up in November and failed to find the net in 28 successive matches.

But Silva has seen the hunger which is driving the forward and believes his second goal, Everton's third, typified that as he seized on a loose pass from Lewis Dunk to skip past Shane Duffy and round goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

And he did that after rolling his right ankle early in the first half. "It was no surprise to me that Richarlison carried on but it shows you his resilience," said Silva.

"He never gives up, he's always ready to play, to fight and to achieve and to give good things for us on the pitch.

"He won the ball for his second and his quality and the way he finished was fantastic.

"It is the type of behaviour I want on the pitch. He wanted that ball and had the quality needed to finish it."

Defeat not only extended Brighton's 105-year wait for a win at Goodison Park but also ended a run of three successive 1-0 win.

Manager Chris Hughton wants his side to bounce back at struggling Cardiff next week.

"You kick on by accepting the fact that you're Brighton in the Premier League - it's only our second season and there's going to be ups and downs," he said.

"We were away from home and up against a team that I think will push for the top six."