Sky Sports pundit in awe of Everton fans as '12th man' propels team on ahead of Watford game
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Kevin Campbell has been left in awe by the Everton fans’ support of the team in recent weeks, which has contributed to two straight wins.
The scenes inside and outside the stadium for the victory over Chelsea were followed by a massive send off outside the training ground ahead of the Leicester win, where the away support was also raucous.
And Sky Sports pundit Campbell knows just how much of an effect it must be having on the current side, having experienced it himself as Toffees sides he played in escaped the drop.
Speaking to Goodison News he said: “That’s the great thing about the Evertonians. The Blues, they have taken it upon themselves to lift [the team].
“Many times you hear players talk about the 12th man.
“The 12th man has a part to play. Now, normally the 12th man just turns up on game day and in the stadium you hear them.
“But oh no, the Evertonians have made these players realise that, “We are backing you One Hundred Per cent. We are there with you”.
“And they’re basically saying to the team, “We love you. We love you guys”.
“Turning up at Goodison before the Chelsea game, the send of at Finch Farm before the Leicester game, these things are huge.
“The way the away end was jam packed, and they way they were signing, the way they celebrated, they backed the team.
“This is the stuff that gives players an extra gear. It really does. It really propels the team forward.
“Two wins now, more of the same needed, and I can imagine what’s going to happen for the Watford game.
“They’re going to come down in their droves and support the team, and try to will the team over the line.
“And I know what it feels like because I was there in the 98/99 season. They are incredible and they are showing it again.”
It currently feels like the fans are simply refusing to let this side be relegated, and the immense support they have shown in recent weeks has clearly made a difference.
Frank Lampard and the team bus were given another great send off as they left for Watford on Tuesday (10 May), and if it succeeds in leading to another result it is sure to continue.
One silver lining from the whole relegation mess is the galvanising effect it has had on the fans and the club, which has shown one major advantage the Toffees have in certain match-ups.
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