Everton manager Sam Allardyce has saluted “marvellous” Seamus Coleman after the popular defender produced a memorable comeback last nightin his first Everton display for more than 10 months.
Despite playing just 60 minutes for the Under-23s last week, the Republic of Ireland captain – back in the first team since suffering a double leg break while on international duty last March – lasted the entire match as the Toffees secured a precious 2-1 win over Leicester City at Goodison.
It was a performance Coleman has been renowned for in his nine years at the Club, too – wholehearted, gutsy and full of charges down the right flank, as the 29-year-old struck up an instant partnership with two-goal hero Theo Walcott.
Coleman drew one of the biggest Goodison roars of the night when, with 92 minutes on the clock, he somehow found the energy to produce a lung-busting 80-yard run that so nearly ended up with him teeing up Tom Davies for a third goal.
Allardyce believed Coleman’s performance proved he is “an example to every player at this football club”, and admitted he was excited by the “flourishing” partnership already between the right-back and Walcott, whose first-half double handed the hosts three points to move to within four points behind seventh-placed Burnley in the Premier League table.
To see Allardyce's post-match interview, see here
“I’m really pleased to take the three points,” the Everton manager told the clun website. “I think there was a performance and a win. The performance wasn’t always comfortable but most of the time we were. There’s a new partnership flourishing that’s come together for the very first time – Seamus and Theo – everybody could see what an impact those two had today playing together.
“The performance was good and that partnership down the right was excellent. For him (Coleman) to finish 90 minutes, and in the 92nd minute run 80 yards with the ball was outstanding for me. He’s an example to every player at this football club. When you’ve been out for 10 months and you can perform with the sort of energy and quality that he did today was marvellous to see.”
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