Everton fullback Seamus Coleman believes his side “repaid the fans” for their FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic by beating Manchester City 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic condemned Roberto Mancini’s side to its fourth consecutive defeat at Goodison Park, despite a second-half sending-off for Toffees midfielder Steven Pienaar.
And Coleman says the win achieved Everton's aim of repaying the home faithful after they were dumped out of the cup by the Latics.
“It was utterly disappointing to go out [of the FA Cup],” Coleman told Sky Sports. “We went out there today and tried to repay the fans and I think we did that.
“That was what we came to do. Winning games is what we're about. It wasn't the Everton team last week, we just didn't turn up.”
Everton took the lead thanks to a 30-yard strike from stand-in captain Osman and the 31-year-old expressed his delight with his side’s victory, although he admitted it was difficult to grind out a result against the Premier League champions.
“Joe [Hart] is a fantastic keeper, to beat him from that range, I'm delighted," he said. “It went in the back of the net and it gave us the goal we needed to try and win the match."