Seamus Coleman Turnes Goal Man

Seamus Coleman made a goalscoring return to the Everton team at the weekend – but the right-back was quick to praise the player whose place he took after the 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Veteran defender Tony Hibbert filled in for Coleman in typically reliable fashion for four of the five games the Republic of Ireland man sat out with injuries.

And though Coleman was delighted to be back in the action, he acknowledged the standard of Hibbert’s performances during his month-long absence.

“It’s been tough - every player will tell you it’s difficult when you are not playing,” Coleman told evertontv. “To miss the Merseyside derby and away at Manchester United, they are the games you want to play in.

“But I have to say Tony Hibbert was brilliant in those games and he deserves a mention because he didn’t put a foot wrong. It was great to get back in today but I thought Tony was brilliant.

“I am glad to be back at it now. Most importantly is the three points and I was glad to get on the scoresheet as well – I just had to point to an area and Leighton Baines put it on my foot.”

A first home league victory of the campaign, three goals and a clean sheet meant that it was a good afternoon’s work for the Blues.

There was more positive news following the final whistle as Coleman reported that he got through the full game without any complaints.

“I feel fine and it was good to get 90 minutes,” he added. “Obviously the goal was important but three points even more so.

“We look forward to Lille now. We go into training with a good atmosphere and look forward to the game on Thursday night.

“We are happy with the win.”

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