Andros Townsend has admitted he has his mother to thank for her wonderful goal and relishes the hard love of Rafa Benitez since joining Everton.
Three electrifying goals in seven minutes gave Everton a 3-1 win over Burnley at Goodison Park to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League with Townsend scoring a memorable first goal for the club.
Michael Keane equalized from a Townsend cross, before Townsend himself returned home a 30-yard stun in the top corner. It was only his second goal in his last 56 Premier League appearances after a quiet period playing for Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace.
“I have to say hello to my mom,” Townsend said Air sports.
“During the week she sent me a compilation video of all my goals and told me to believe in myself again. You can see it with the goal, roll back the years. I have it. in my record I just need to produce on a more consistent basis, I hope that with the manager here I can continue to put myself in the right positions and score more and help more for this historic football club. “
Townsend became Everton’s first signing of the Benitez era, with the winger having previously played under the Spaniard at Newcastle. After a period of heavy spending at Everton, this summer has seen a shift in their recruiting with players like Townsend and Demarai Gray, who have already scored three goals this season, being signed for a nominal fee.
“He wants it all – he doesn’t let us sit on our laurels,” Townsend said of Benitez.
“Demarai got off to a good start but the manager always pushes him to score behind and be more clinical, can you have a reaction when you lose the ball. He was exactly the same after the game – he never got me not congratulated on goal. I don’t really know what he said, but he said something about playing too wide or not getting enough points behind. That’s how he is. He doesn’t congratulate you, he always tries to improve you and that’s what I like about a manager, I like to get closer to him.
“Over the past five years at Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson has worked tirelessly with me to make me more reliable defensively, but now I’ve come here, Rafa Benitez doesn’t care what I do defensively. wants me to be clinical in the final third with goals and assists. “
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Gary Neville from Sky Sports:
“If you remember the impact Townsend had for England. He’s always been someone who can cut that left foot. You think what Riyad Mahrez does, he has that kind of ability to produce Bad shots. It’s all about consistency, though. Now that he’s at Everton, Benitez is going to give him the confidence to play. Hopefully this is a great part of his career because he’s a good boy. “
Benitez: The players give everything
Everton manager Rafael Benitez talks to David Jones, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher about Everton’s 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League
Benitez, a former Liverpool manager, took 10 points in his first four games and once again played down the reaction to his appointment.
He said Air sports: “I think it was less than people think, the fans were fine. Just social media was creating the idea of noise. But around where I live, the city when I came here, the Fan welcome was great, I think what the fans want is a team that gives it their all and they can see it every day.
“The players from last year might not have been up to par, now they’re giving it their all and the fans are enjoying it.
“I think that’s just the way to move forward. What I told the players in the locker room is that we haven’t done anything yet. We’re at the start, we need to improve so many things but we are really happy because everyone is trying to do their best. “
Meanwhile, Burnley’s boss Sean Dyche was disappointed with Burnley’s reaction after conceding the opening goal.
He said Air sports: “We let them slip into the game and then six crazy minutes followed. You have to shake things up. I think it’s a very good performance away from home until they score. Us were waiting for that to happen.
“My great feeling is that we are much wiser than those six minutes. It’s something we have to learn. The crowd almost laughed at times, they were at their wit’s end. I am very frustrated with this period.
“My personal view is that the game is in a good place. I think the game is coming back to a good shape with good physics.”