Stones comments on first Everton goal, admits it was a 'long wait'

John Stones

The young defender scored the Toffees' second goal in the 3-0 win over Manchester United, and kept a clean sheet to boot.

Everton defender John Stones scored his first ever goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Manchester United, before admitting on Sky Sports that he had been under pressure to find the net for a while.

The former Barnsley man netted the Toffees second, burying a bullet header from a Leighton Baines corner midway through the first half.

"It's been a long time waiting for my first goal," he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "I've had pressure from players and staff to get goals.

"These are the big games you look forward to. I enjoyed myself today. We know we've been under par this season, the last 10 games or so we've shown we're getting back to ourselves."

Stones has been a key player for Everton this season, finding himself first-choice partner for Phil Jagielka for much of the campaign.

Having won his first England cap over the summer, the 20-year-old also won his first competitive cap in September, playing in the 2-0 win over Switzerland.

The goal against United would have likely been a cathartic moment for the young star, after he suffered  an ankle injury in the reverse fixture in October that kept him out until Boxing Day.

Stones has one other goal to his name in his professional career, from his time at Barnsley. Ironically, it was on his first start for the Tykes, coming in a League Cup win over Rochdale in 2012. In comparison, Stones has had to wait for his 50th Everton match to get his first goal for them.

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