James Tarkowski has hailed the performance of Everton teammate Dwight McNeil following yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Molyneux.
The 23-year-old McNeil started the game at left-back, filling in for the injured Vitalii Mykolenko, with Tarkowski hailing his display as ‘unbelievable‘.
The Blues fought back from a goal down to salvage a point on the road, with Yerry Mina’s dramatic equaliser coming in the 99th minute.
Speaking with the official Everton website after the game, Tarkowski praised McNeil’s performance in an unfamilar role, stating: “Yeah, we’re just losing key players, to be honest, and have lost a fair few full-backs now.
People are playing out of position a little bit… Dwight (McNeil) moved to left-back today and played unbelievable against Adama Traore for the first half.
It’s part of the game, it’s a squad game and lads who have maybe been out of the team for a little bit have got to come in and do a job.”
McNeil stepped up for injury riddled Everton, as PL safety battle nears its conclusion
Everton suffered a huge blow as Dominic Calvert-Lewin limped off with a hamstring injury on the stroke of half-time, with Demarai Gray coming on in his place.
Hwang Hee-Chan had already given the hosts a 34th-minute lead and it would take the Toffees until the 99th minute to find a response, with Yerry Mina converting from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
The point could be invaluable for Sean Dyche’s side, though Everton must now wait on the outcome of other fixtures as the relegation scrap goes into the final week of the season.
A win for Everton yesterday could have seen them secure Premier League safety, provided Leeds United and Leicester City both lose, though the Blues had to settle for a point.
Indeed, there will now be an anxious wait as the extent of Calvert-Lewin’s injury with just one game of the season left to play, will be revealed in the coming days.
Everton host Bournemouth at Goodison Park next Sunday.