Everton’s Etihad hero Demarai Gray hails ‘massive boost’ in relegation fight | Everton

Demarai Gray described Everton’s draw with Manchester City on Saturday as a “massive boost” in their bid to end a poor run of results and steer clear of relegation concerns.

Gray’s dramatic 64th-minute equalizer secured a point for Frank Lampard’s side at the Etihad Stadium – it was just their second point in a possible last 15 and followed Wolves’ 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park the day after Christmas.

“It will be a huge boost for the team following the last performance,” Gray said. “Manchester City are one of the best in the world, so thanks to us, we showed our quality and thanks to the fans, of course, for supporting us throughout, but as a team we apply this performance to the next On the back of our last performances, football-wise, it was a massive improvement.

“Obviously when you come to the Etihad you have to change your game plan a bit but we stuck to it. We got our reward with the goal and after that we dug deep so there’s a lot of positives to take. I don’t think it’s fair when we play at City, it’s part of our character and the DNA of the club, to fight and dig deep to get results. We left it all there -low.

Everton next host Brighton on Tuesday and Gray insists the players stay behind Lampard and are determined to endure a second straight season spent battling the drop. “We went through a lot of tough times,” the 26-year-old said. “Last season we showed our character [beating relegation on the last day] and I don’t want to find myself in that situation this year.

“It’s been a bit up and down but we’ve shown real quality with our performances this season, it’s just about keeping our standards high and performing at that kind of level as much as we can and if we do. , we will become more successful.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin impressed against City on his first start since late October after long-term injury problems. “He’s an integral part of our game plan,” Gray said of the centre-forward. “It was one of those games where you can’t really do much in attack, he had to put in a shift and work for our moments, but it’s good to have him there and I’m glad he gets a few minutes.

“He had some tough times. It’s a shame because he did everything right, he takes care of himself. He had a bit of bad luck so I’m happy to have him back.

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