Two-goal Dominic Calvert-Lewin believes Marco Silva’s clear game plan to create creative, attacking football has created a buzz amongst Evertonians.
The 21-year-old bagged a double as the Blues progressed into the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 win over Rotherham United on Wednesday night.
The game was watched by a crowd of 31,972 – the highest attendance at Goodison in the second stage of the competition since 1968.
Calvert-Lewin feels the attacking style implemented by boss Silva in helping the Toffees go unbeaten in their opening four matches of 2018-19 has played a key part in getting Blues excited for the campaign.
And after getting off the mark for the season with two second-half goals – to add to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s opener – against the Millers, the England Under-21 international is confident more is to come from Silva’s team.
“The manager knows what he wants, he knows his game plan,” said Calvert-Lewin. “He definitely works you hard on the training ground and gets you all at it. We’ve got a lot of belief in what we do. We want to get the ball down and play attacking, positive football. I think we did that tonight but we also want to be patient and enjoy the ball a lot more.
“There’s definitely a new buzz around Goodison. There’s a good vibe, all the players feel it. We’re keeping the football a lot better and the crowd are feeding off that.
“There’s a clear game plan and it’s to create creative, attacking football and to enjoy how we play. We did that tonight and I think we’ll continue to do it going forward. The more work we do - the manager believes it, we believe it - we’ll only get better.”
After Sigurdsson had put Everton ahead on 28 minutes against Rotherham, Calvert-Lewin doubled the hosts’ advantage just after the hour mark when he headed home Lucas Digne’s right-wing cross.
Rotherham reduced the deficit on 86 minutes but, seconds later, the 2016 summer signing from Sheffield United wrapped up the tie with a sweet curling finish into the top-right hand corner.
“It’s nice to know that my hard work has paid off and I got the two goals tonight,” added Calvert-Lewin. “We put a lot into the game to win it and have put a lot in during training. It’s definitely a cup we want to go for.
“It’s a chance to show what we can do and stake a claim for the league games. We did that tonight, including the young boys.
“It was always expected that they [Rotherham] were going to be up for the game and bring a physical game to Goodison but we were prepared for that and knew that if we could get the ball down and play, our quality would show through and it did.”