Pennington hopeful for more chances

The young blue hopes that he has earned another chance in the Everton first team after an impressive performance last weekend.

Pennington hopeful for more chances
Premier League debutant Matthew Pennington in action on Saturday | Credit: Liverpool Echo

A delighted Matthew Pennington hopes that his impressive performance against Bournemouth on Saturday is enough to give him another chance in the Everton first team.

A composed display from the 21-year-old saw him earn the Man of the Match vote on his Premier League debut which was a "proud moment" for the youngster.

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Pennington was recalled from an eye-catching loan spell at League One side Walsall after Ramiro Funes Mori picked up a three-match ban from a sending off at Anfield, and Toffees captain, Phil Jagielka has been suffering from a hamstring injury.

The centre-back said "it was different" to what he was experiencing under John Witney's Walsall side whilst on loan. He is hopeful that his first Premiership appearance for Everton will be "the first of many." 

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Pennington joined the Merseyside team at the age of 11, and has progressed through the ranks, before signing a deal recently that kept him at Goodison Park until 2018. He made his full debut for the club against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup in late August last year.

The young blue said he "had a feeling" he would start when he was "called into the team meeting"  two hours before kick off.

Pennington holds off an attack from Callum Wilson of Bournemouth | Credit: Liverpool Echo

Everton picked up three points on the Englishman's personal milestone, with Pennington claiming it was a win they "really needed", after slipping to a last gasp goal against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

A Leighton Baines goal won the game for Everton after Tom Cleverley's early strike was canceled out by a controversial goal from Marc Pugh in which Pennington was clearly pushed in the build up.

Despite the push, Pennington had a solid game accompanied by John Stones in central defence, a game that the debutant was "just grateful to be involved in."