Everton: Scottish media reacts to Nathan Patterson's display in draw with Norway
Everton defender Nathan Patterson played the full 90 minutes of Scotland’s 3-3 draw with Norway in Euro 2024 qualifying on Sunday 19 November.
Steve Clarke’s side, who have already booked their place at next summer’s tournament in Germany, twice came from behind to lead at Hampden Park only for Mohamed Elyounoussi to find a late leveller in the 86th minute to ensure the points were shared.
There was a party atmosphere in Scotland as the Tartan Army celebrated their qualification for a major tournament and that upbeat mood was reflected by the reaction from the Scottish media to the Toffees defender’s performance.
The Daily Record (20 November, page 42) gave the 22-year-old a 7/10, admitting that he was “unlucky” as Aron Donnum’s opener deflected off his shin, but were impressed by a “brilliant” block to deny the goalscorer later in the match. Going forward the Everton star carried a consistent threat with his “dangerous” delivery.
Similarly, The Scotsman paid Patterson plenty of credit for his “crucial goal-saving block” to deny Donnum from doubling his tally, but only gave him a 6/10 after he was adjudged to have slipped as Elyounoussi headed home the late leveller.
The Glasgow Times also was impressed by Patterson’s “massive” block to stop Donnum and awarded the Everton man a 7/10, suggesting that “he keeps getting better for Scotland”. While they also credited the 22-year-old for his attacking display they did add that he “lost” Elyounoussi for the equaliser.
In what has been a difficult last few days at Goodison Park, it is refreshing to see an Everton player doing so well on the international scene and Patterson’s display against Norway can serve as a reminder of just how much talent Sean Dyche has at his disposal in the fight against relegation.
The 22-year-old kept Scotland in the clash with his goal-saving block and was excellent going forward, creating one big chance in the match as he played an impressive five passes into the final third and was accurate with five of his seven attempted long balls.
Defensively, no player won more duels in the match than the Everton defender with seven and he was also the most fouled player in the clash as Norway gave away four free-kicks just when competing with Patterson down the right flank.
Given Ashley Young’s struggles this season and Everton’s immediate need for points, Dyche will surely have to turn to Patterson more often in the Premier League. His excellent international performance has shown he can cut it at the highest level and he has to be a more regular fixture in the first team.