Barkley: I was disappointed with my goal tally last year

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley wants to put a disappointing goal tally from last season behind him and build on scoring in his first game of this season.

The youngster only scored twice last season and know he needs to build on that and said yesterdays game will help him to push on.

He said: “I was disappointed with my goal tally last year so to get my first goal in the first game is really good for my confidence.

“That’s what creative midfielders and attacking midfielders have got to do so it’s good to get my first goal of the season.

“I’m working on [striking from distance] and I’m working on trying to get a few tap-ins as well, but that’s not the main thing.

“The main thing was to get the three points and we didn’t do that, so its disappointing.”

Speaking about yesterdays match, Barkley admitted that his side were below par.

He added: “It was disappointing in the first half from our point of view but we knew that when we came in at half time and the gaffer told us that we needed to put them under more pressure. We did that in the second half and it was a better performance from the lads.

“That’s what we need to do and kick on from here.

“Watford have just been promoted, they were really enthusiastic and put us under pressure but we put in a good effort to twice come back from a goal down. We showed some character but it’s disappointing not to get the three points.”


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