Matthew Pennington on his dream home debut for Everton

The youngster was handed a home debut in the win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

Everton youngster Matthew Pennington says it was a dream come true to make his home debut for the club, via the club’s official website.

The young defender replaced Argentine Ramiro Funes Mori just before half time in the Blues’ third round FA Cup win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

The full back did not look out of place among some of Everton’s more established first team stars either, and has described the experience as a dream come true for him.

“It’s a dream come true and a really proud moment for me and my family,” he told

“To have the chance to play at Goodison Park in front of the Everton fans and step out onto the pitch and play in front of them was brilliant.”

“I really noticed the crowd and the noise. But as soon as you start playing, it just becomes another game and you just get on with it and do your job.”

With Seamus Coleman picking up an injury in the recent win over Manchester City, Pennington could be handed further chances in the coming weeks.

The Blues are short of cover at right back, with Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning also out injured, meaning Pennington has a firm chance of earning some game time for himself.

His composed showing against Dagenham and Redbridge will certainly have not done anything to make Roberto Martinez think he cannot call upon the youngster.

The Catalan manager would also surely be reluctant to use John Stones at right back again, with that being an experiment that has not worked out for him for the Blues or with England when tried.

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