Everton defender Seamus Coleman has revealed his delight after scoring in the opening game of the Premier League season against Norwich City.
The game at Carrow Road finished 2-2 and despite not picking up the victory, Republic of Ireland international Coleman was pleased with his own performance and explained that he was encouraged to push forward in the second half.
"The gaffer told me after the first half to get a bit more forward in the second," he told the club's official website. "I think the keeper made a save and thankfully it broke to me. I just made sure I kept my head down and ensured it went in. I am delighted to score because it has been a while."
Coleman said that the Toffees were "glad" to get the league campaign underway after a long pre-season and admitted that he was content, despite failing to register a win after conceding a late second-half equaliser.
"Everyone was glad to get going," continued the defender. "It has been a long pre-season. We knew it was going to be a tough game and I think it showed out there with the result. It was a good game.
"It is always hard to take conceding a late goal. But first game of the season, away from home, a point wasn't a bad result."
Meanwhile, Norwich City boss Chris Hughton took time to praise goalkeeper John Ruddy for his role in the draw. The former Toffees shot-stopper kept the Canaries in the game with a late save and Hughton said he was confident that there would be "many big performances" from him this season.
"John is a good goalkeeper and that was an important save for us at the end," he told reporters. "You look at the two goals he conceded and I don't think he had any chance with either. I've seen the [Ross] Barkley goal back since the end of the game and he had no chance with that.
"I'm really pleased for John because after his injury that was a difficult period for him but he is back in good form and also back in the England squad, which we are very proud of here and I'm sure there are many big performances to come from him this season."