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Jack Harrison says he is hoping that both he and Everton can gain some momentum following his return to fitness, full debut and the Blues’ two successive away wins.

The 26-year-old, a season-long loan acquisition from Leeds over the summer, made his first start for the Toffees in tonight’s impressive 2-1 win at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, logging 65 minutes to add to the 45 he managed for the Under-21s last Friday.

Harrison hadn’t played since injuring his hip playing for his parent club last May but he showed no signs of rust as he played his part in a team performance that was full of energy and tenacity and which hustled out of their rhythm a Villans side who had won their previous 10 matches at home.

The winger was instrumental in helping lead the press and almost came up with a wonderful assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin but the striker was first foiled by goalkeeper Robin Olsen and then the tightness of angle as he hit the side-netting from the rebound.

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“It was nice to get back out there,” Harrison told evertontv afterwards. “I thought the fans were great tonight.

“I was saying last week when I was watching them on TV that they’re so loud, they’re the only people I can hear!

“It was brilliant. Experiencing that on the pitch was really nice, and I had a really nice reception coming off, so I’m grateful for the fans tonight.

Hopefully I can continue on with this momentum now. I’m excited to have the 60 minutes in the tank, but I’m excited to keep cracking on and get used to the system and the team.

“I created a good chance for Dominic and it was good to familiarise myself again, being back out there, and getting used to the system too.

“There are more opportunities [in the coming weeks] to hopefully get some more results and really build some momentum.

“I think we have some great, talented players, and when we’re organised like that, we make it really difficult for teams.”

Having made such a strong first appearance under Sean Dyche, Harrison will have put himself in the manager’s thinking for a home debut in front of the Goodison faithful this weekend when Everton host newly-promoted Luton Town.


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Martin Reppion
1 Posted 28/09/2023 at 09:10:33
Amazing what a couple of wins does for the mood. It is no coincidence that we are showing better resolve now that we have competition in key areas of the pitch.

Last night, Calvert-Lewinnlooked back to his best. But Beto on Saturday had shown great promise in that role too. For wide attacking options, we have Harrison joining Danjuma, McNeil, Chermiti and Dobbin. Once Seamus is fit, we have 4 full-backs for 2 places. Last night was arguably Patterson's best performance for us.

Still a worry if we lose midfield players or centre-backs. I trust that the management will redress the weak areas early in the January window. But on the whole, this team is taking shape and now the worry is that the lost 6 points at the start of the season will mean we finish bottom half, rather than bottom three.

John Raftery
2 Posted 28/09/2023 at 09:45:31
With Harrison now available we have better attacking quality available in wide areas. I was impressed by his energy last night as well as his quick, decisive use of the ball. For the first time in three seasons an Everton manager has options to rotate his forwards within and between games.
Jack Convery
3 Posted 28/09/2023 at 10:32:40
Now he's had a taste of being a blue, let's hope it drives him on for more, more, more. He looked bright and his pass to DCL was Jamesesq.

Less we forget, having won our last two games so well - Kenwright Out !.

Alex Gray
4 Posted 28/09/2023 at 11:42:49
Harrison really impressed me last night. Was fairly quiet on the ball bar his great pass to Dom but his pressing was excellent. He timed his press perfectly alongside Dom first half and clearly knows how to from playing under Bielsa. With front three of Dom, Mcneil and Harrison we should have a good front press and with Onana and Garner behind should be hard to break down.

Dyche has a selection headache going into luton, something we haven't seen in years.

David West
5 Posted 28/09/2023 at 12:28:43
He set the pace of the press last night.
His energy and work rate was infectious, and it makes other players up their game.
He will get better on the ball with more minutes, but thought he brought good balance with danjuma on the right.
Really good addition in my opinion.
Mike Hayes
6 Posted 28/09/2023 at 22:06:00
This is what the other players need to get them motivated: someone with spark and enthusiasm to win.

More to come and we will get out of this rut and win games!

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