Everton manager David Moyes has hailed his side’s character after they came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win over Sunderland at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside outfit found themselves a goal down just before the break when an Adam Johnson half-volley put the visitors in front.
However, two goals in three minutes from Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic turned the game back in the hosts’ favour following the restart.
And Moyes, who celebrated his 400th Premier League game as manager with a win, was delighted with his team’s spirit.
“It was great, we showed great character throughout,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “We never gave in, we kept knocking at the door, kept trying to score, trying everything.
“They made it really hard for us to get through and I actually thought after 70 minutes this might not come, but in the end it did and it was a great three points for us.
“But we had a lot of possession and just didn’t create the chances our ball possession might have deserved.
“Sunderland had a couple of half chances in the first half they will be disappointed they didn’t take.”
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was left to lament some missed opportunities that could have put the game beyond doubt at half-time, but was pleased with their performance at a tough venue.
“We were absolutely brilliant in the first half,” he said. “We created a number of chances in the game. We’ve gone in 1-0 at half-time but it should have been three.
“But Everton are very strong and very resilient, they keep hammering away.
“They got a break and got the equalising goal and then got a real decent break for their winning goal.
“We played a side here who are challenging for the Champions League, but we have come to Goodison Park here and played brilliantly.”