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Unsworth: Everton had heart, character and desire

Manager encouraged by Toffees fightback

Everton v Watford - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton had to dig deep in the last half hour to come back from a 2-0 deficit at home and beat Watford 3-2.

After the game, interim manager David Unsworth was thrilled by the fightback.

"The game had everything didn't it. It was an Everton performance in the second half and the crowd were amazing. They got us back into the game without a doubt. They could have gone against us but I am so proud of our club tonight.

"I might need to lie down in a dark room for half an hour! We showed great fight and spirit and that's what you need at the bottom of the able. We showed great desire and determination. This club is built on that sort of attitude. The table looks better than it did before the game.

"The win will give us some confidence, it lifts the club and the training ground.”

When asked how he would react if he wasn’t appointed the Blues permanent manager -

"All I know is that every day since I got the honour of standing in as manager I have given my all and I will continue to do that. I want what's best for this club. If someone else comes in I will shake them by the hand and wish them the very best of luck.

"Whatever will be will be. I have been the proudest man in the world to take charge for the last two weeks and no one can take that away from me.

"I know nothing about it. I'm sure I'll speak to the chairman and owner and I'll keep giving my best for this wonderful club."

On the Goodison Park crowd that roared incessantly throughout the second half -

"We've done it the hard way, but showed incredible spirit and fight. The crowd helped us, they were incredible.

"We needed the goal to get us back to 2-1. It would have been easy for fans to go against us at 2-0 down, but the stayed with us and I thank them for that.”

Speaking about the two penalties at the end of the game, with Leighton Baines scoring his and Tom Cleverley sending his wide -

"I'm very confident with Leighton, he's taken a lot of penalties. If anyone was going to stick in the back of the net, it was him.

"I couldn't really see their penalty. I thought Jordan would have saved it if it was on target. You can imagine the emotions. We worked so hard and it would have been gut-wrenching for every Evertonian if that had gone in.”