Ellis Simms hailed a ‘big point’ for Everton after the striker’s first Premier League goal gave Chelsea 2-2 and his latest heroism earned praise from Sean Dyche.
The substitute struck in the 89th minute at Stamford Bridge, clearing Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly before beating Kepa Arrizabalaga at the near post.
It was a moment that neither the defender nor the keeper would want to look at again, but it will live in the memory of Simms, the Oldham youth who showed his goal-scoring potential on loan at Hearts, Blackpool and Sunderland. .
He now has a goal at the highest level of English football and the point moves Everton two points out of the relegation zone.
Everton have had 13 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season, only Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds United have more (14 each).
They hadn’t won a league with Chelsea since 1994, a fruitless 28-game streak (D13 L15), but Everton were the team that needed the most to celebrate.
Simms said the equalizer was “100 percent” the most important moment of his career.
“This is a great reason to do it,” he told Sky Sports. “I am also happy for the team – a massive point against a strong opponent, so we are delighted, we have reconciled.
“I worked hard at Everton to come up with this and my dream came true to score my first goal in the Premier League.
“It’s about patience. I had to wait for my chance. Obviously we have the best players, so I’m not going to go straight to the team, I just have to work hard in training and when I get the opportunity, I have to take it with both hands.”
Simms said there was “a lot of faith” in the ranks and manager Dyche was raving about the 22-year-old, who has only started one league game for the Toffees so far this season, and was unexpectedly accepted into the February derby with Liverpool. . .
“He’s a young guy making spurs,” Dyche said. “We dumped him against Liverpool, it was probably too much that night, but he is still in the group, he works hard, he understands that hard yards are important for the teams I work with and he is maturing.
“He was scoring goals, albeit in the league, and his pace and power would get out of control and then he would hit a good shot from under the keeper’s body.”
Chelsea head coach Graham Potter said his team’s overall performance was “a step forward” even after recent victories over Leeds United, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.
Their defense, however, left a lot to be desired, so Joao Felix’s low shot and Kai Havertz’s penalty were only good enough for a point, leaving Chelsea in 10th place in the table, with Abdoulaye Doucour canceling the hosts’ first goal before Simms scored his goal. too late to say.
“I think the overall performance has been positive,” Potter said. “We did a lot of things really well, scored a couple of goals but ended up not defending well enough in a few actions which cost us and we are disappointed that we lost points.”
Asked about the late concede, Potter said: “It looked too easy for the whole team, so I was disappointed with the second goal as I was with the first.
“Overall it was a positive performance from our side, but it’s hard to talk about it when you only have one point.”