Marco Silva says Seamus Coleman’s goal in the 3-1 win over Brighton was a “special moment” for the right-back as he works his way back up to top form.
After completing a full pre-season over the summer, the Irishman was returning to his best following the leg break that ruled him out for much of the previous campaign before suffering a stress fracture in his foot while away on international duty.
He made his comeback in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on October 21 and also featured against Manchester United.
Coleman himself admits that his fitness will improve the more games he plays but Silva believes his strike in the win over the Seagulls will give him a lift going forward.
"It was an important moment for him and an important moment for us as a team,” said the Blues boss.
"Apart from that moment and the goal, I thought Coleman performed better against Brighton.
“His physical condition is growing and it’s normal that his confidence is growing as well, not just because he scored the goal - even in the first half we had good combinations down the right side with him, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott.
"And, of course, in the second half when he scored it was an important moment for him and for sure it will give him good feelings and confidence."
Everton took the lead via Richarlison’s goal after 26 minutes as the Brazilian rounded off a lightening quick counter attack following a Brighton corner. Sigurdsson burst down the left, swapped passes with Bernard before laying on the perfect ball in behind the Albion rearguard for the striker to lash past Mat Ryan.
But Lewis Dunk hit back with a header on 33 minutes to leave it finely poised at the break.
However, four minutes after the restart, Coleman drilled a low shot past Ryan and on 77 minutes Richarlison added a fine third when he capitalised on a loose pass and raced clear to score.
Silva was pleased with the character shown by his players who demonstrated plenty of resilience and intent to put in a performance the Blues boss hailed as the “best of the season at home”.
“We were very good and we told our players at half time that is was important to keep doing what we were doing after that moment [Dunk’s goal],” he added.
“We did really well and that is what we have to do in the second half. I said that the corner is a moment that has already been gone but that we had to continue to do the things that we did well.
“And since the second or third minute of the second half, we showed that.
“We had a big chance with Bernard in that moment and we controlled the second half. We did really well, we pushed them back, we created chances on one side and the other and had good moments between the lines. We did well.”