Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy are determined to make their mark on Everton’s pre-season before their Premier League campaign gets underway next month.
Coleman set up Ross Barkey’s goal three minutes from time at Tannadice last Wednesday night in a 1-0 win and Duffy scored in the 1-1 draw against Morthwell on Saturday in Steven Hammell’s testimonial.
“Last year didn’t go to plan for me for a few reasons but this year, fingers crossed, I can stay fit have a good season,” said Coleman, who was described by Everton manager David Moyes as his side’s nest player against Motherwell.
““I’m starting to feel fit again. Hopefully I can get a full pre-season under my belt and kick on this year. But for us lads, it’s about getting as many minutes as possible under your belt so you’re ready to go.”
Derry native Duffy, whose dad Brian is from Letterkenny, was content enough with his goal but was also happy just to get 90 minutes of football under his belt.
“It was a good run out for most of the lads,” he said. “You can see they are getting their fitness back now with the 90 minutes.
“It was our most competitive game I’d say and you can see Motherwell are a good team. They have a Champions League qualifier soon so it was a good test. I think we perhaps could have played a bit better but at this stage it’s all about the fitness.
“I felt okay out there, it was my second game in a couple of days so the legs are heavy but that’s what pre-season is for – you want the games. I think most of the lads feel that way.
“It was nice to score. It’s not my job but if I can pop up and get one it’s good. I guess I’m a threat – I’m big aren’t I? I was hoping for a clean sheet but unfortunately we didn’t get one.”