Mason Holgate has urged his Everton team-mates not to rest on their laurels after picking up a solid victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
The Blues secured their first Premier League away win since August thanks to a brilliant strike from Vitalii Mykolenko and a header from Holgate, with Patson Daka scoring between those two strikes in the first half. Those three points lifted Frank Lampard’s side above Burnley and Leeds United and out of the relegation zone with four games remaining of the season.
The match was once again dominated by an incredible atmosphere created by the Everton fans, who were in full voice throughout the 90 minutes and even sat singing together long after the full-time whistle. This followed large numbers of supporters lining the streets outside Finch Farm to see the team’s coaches on their way to the game, part of a fan campaign which began ahead of the Chelsea game.
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Holgate missed this aspect of the weekend through illness but praised the fans for banding together and showing the size of the club.
Summing up the mood in the dressing room at the moment, he told ECHO: “I met the guys later but saw the videos and obviously it’s such a big boost for all of us. It shows kind of where we’re all heading as a club together.
“We’ve all galvanized together. Look, the circumstances aren’t ideal and this isn’t where we want to be, there’s no hiding from that. But nothing we do can change that. now we’re where we are and we’ve just gotta dig deep.
“It’s something you can replace and it shows the size of the club. I have no illusions about the size of the club, but it’s about sticking together now until the very end.”
Everton now have another away trip on the horizon as they prepare to travel to Watford on Wednesday night. Roy Hodgson’s side saw their relegation from the Premier League confirmed at the weekend with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
Although the weekend went well for the Blues, Holgate knows the job is far from done. And, he is determined for him and his teammates to continue in the same style that they have set for themselves in recent weeks.
“We can’t get carried away because a few results have escaped us, and it starts again on Wednesday. We can’t look too far ahead, nor can we look behind us,” added the defender.
“Once Wednesday is over, win, lose or draw, we have to start again. And that will be it until the end of the season now, put everything, 100%, work as a team, defend and just try to nick Goals.
“We can’t take it easy and think we’re safe now because we’re not. We’ve got to keep going. We’re all fighting, everyone’s together now. But ultimately, we’ve got to keep winning games. and take each as it comes.
“We all work together as a team and work very hard, but like I said, it’s [Sunday’s game] gone now. There’s another game on Wednesday for us to start again.”
Holgate scored another goal under Lampard having already scored against West Ham in the league and Brentford in the FA Cup since the manager’s arrival at Goodison Park. And while he’s happy to contribute, he knows it’s teamwork.
He added: “It’s just nice to be involved and help out in any way I can. A couple have bumped into me, which is a bit of a change!
“I’m more than happy to help, but it’s not just the goals, for the rest of the game we all worked together as a team and defended well. That’s what it will be about now.
“It won’t always be so beautiful, but now it’s all about getting points on the board and that’s what we hope to continue to do. We continue one game at a time.”