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late drama Seamus Coleman sounds the Everton rallying cry after dramatic win against Arsenal


Demarai Gray’s stunner sealed Everton’s victory (Martin Rickett/PA)

Demarai Gray’s stunner sealed Everton’s victory (Martin Rickett/PA)

Demarai Gray’s stunner sealed Everton’s victory (Martin Rickett/PA)

Everton captain Seamus Coleman made some powerful comments after his side secured a dramatic 2-1 win against Arsenal at Goodison Park.

The Toffees winless run came to an end in dramatic fashion as Demarai Gray’s stoppage-time strike secured a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park.

The visitors took the lead through Martin Odegaard’s volley at the end of the first half, moments after Richarlison had a goal disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

Richarlison had another goal ruled out by VAR just before the hour mark, before he drew the Toffees level with a 79th-minute header when Gray’s shot came back off the bar.

Gray then secured Everton’s first victory in nine Premier League outings by sending an effort in off the post in the second minute of additional time.

The game ended with the crowd in delirium, having earlier seen some Everton fans leaving their seats in a protest over the running of the club.

It came a day on from Marcel Brands leaving his role as Everton’s director of football, and the club saying boss Rafael Benitez would continue to receive owner Farhad Moshiri and the board’s “full support” in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s painful 4-1 derby loss to Liverpool.

"Whatever goes on behind the scenes, whatever is happening, the fans always come here to support us, first and foremost," said Ireland skipper Coleman.

"They come to support us, and then they need to see a reaction from us to get behind us. They got behind us from minute one to minute 90, and they pushed us over the time. I think our performance showed that as well.

"I've been here 12 years, you've got to take the good with the bad, and sometimes they're on your back, sometimes they're not, but one thing they do is that for 90 minutes they support you, and you could that when Demi got his unbelievable goal at the end.

"Whatever bit of criticism you get, you've got to take it on the chin because that's part and parcel of football; you come in the next day, you work hard, and your luck eventually turns."

Coleman also spoke about his error that was crucial in paving the way for Liverpool's 4-1 win at Goodison Park last week as he added: "The Liverpool game, I take responsibility, and feel that we were getting back in the game. I made a mistake. But, I've been around long enough to take the ups and the downs - you can't get too high, you can't get too low."

The win eased mounting pressure on manager Rafael Benitez, who insisted United at the club was crucial.

"When everybody sticks together, we are stronger," Benitez told Sky Sports. "Everybody is really pleased - fans, players, staff, everyone. Hopefully it is a step forward.

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"The VAR was against us, but, still, the reaction was brilliant. We have been close in a lot of games to getting something.

"Everything was against us, but the reaction and character that they showed today, everyone can enjoy that."

While Everton – up from 16th to 12th in the table – savoured a much-needed return to winning ways, it was a second successive loss for Mikel Arteta’s seventh-placed Arsenal, after the 3-2 reverse at Manchester United.

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