Osman reacts to special goal for Everton against West Ham

Leon Osman

Everton's Leon Osman was naturally delighted to have scored during his 400th game for the club.

Leon Osman said that his 400th appearance for Everton went like a dream. 

The 33-year-old midfielder marked the milestone in memorable style as he grabbed the winner in the Toffees' 2-1 success. 

The game had looked to be heading towards a 1-1 draw before Osman slid in to put the finishing touch on Samuel Eto'o's cross into the box late on. 

It was a reward for a brilliant performance from Osman and the England international admits that his special day could hardly have gone better. 

"It's incredible," he enthused to the club's official site. "You dream about it going like it did, scoring the winner at the Gwladys Street end - I couldn't be happier.

"I've had some great moments playing for this club and scored some winning goals, but that was right up there."

Everton had taken the lead when Romelu Lukaku lashed home during the first-half, but Mauro Zarate put the game back in the balance.

What ensued after that goal was a bad-tempered affair, but Osman's strike could hardly have been more vital for the side as they look to close the gap on fourth place. 

Roberto Martinez's men are now just two points away from the Champions League qualification spots and they will be determined to continue to close that gap in the coming weeks.

Everton had made a slow start to the campaign, but they are clicking into gear and have remained unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions. 

They next face a struggling Tottenham Hotspur side at White Hart Lane and a win there would really confirm their potential to be genuine top-four contenders again this season. 

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