Everton: Tony Bellew posts delighted message to Ellis Simms after equaliser at Chelsea
Ellis Simms received a delighted message of support from Tony Bellew after his first goal for Everton secured a point at Chelsea.
The young striker was sent on at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening (18 March)e with 10 minutes left and the Toffees chasing a second equaliser, and he delivered exactly that in the 89th minute.
After outmuscling Kalidou Koulibaly on his way into the area he kept his composure to send a low strike under Kepa Arrizabalaga and extend the unbeaten run to three under Sean Dyche while keeping the club in 15th place going into the international break.
Reacting to the result on his personal Twitter account former cruiserweight world champions boxer Bellew posted a message to the 22-year-old saying: “Brilliant! Keep believing in yourself young king!”
Everton fans might have forgotten what it was like to actually see a Toffees striker score a goal, with Neal Maupay on an extended goal drought and Dominic Calvert-Lewin rarely even in the side due to injury.
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And they will all be hoping that Simms’ first might now open the flood gates over the final weeks of the season as the club fights relegation.
A valiant hour in a surprise start at Anfield in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool on 13 February was certainly being chucked in at the deep end by Dyche.
But otherwise the forward who was only brought back from loan at Sunderland in January has been afforded just a couple of late substitute appearances by the former Burnley boss.
It was third time lucky in the capital this weekend, as his third introduction off the bench saw him find the answer just when it looked like Kai Havertz’s penalty had taken all three points.
Having fought back to level Joao Felix’s opener via Abdoulaye Doucouré it seemed that all the good work had been wasted when a combination of Ben Godfrey and James Tarkowski brought down Reece James in the area, but the renewed fight since Dyche came in saw the Toffees fight to the end and Simms made the crucial impact to leave the travelling fans the ones celebrating at the end.