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    Barkley: It was disappointing not to start

    Barkley:  It was disappointing not to start

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has confessed that he feels at home in the big games and he relishes them as it gives him a chance to show what he is capable of, but he was also disappointed not to start after suffering a calf injury against Fulham.

    Barkley put in an impressive performance after coming on for Leon Osman early in the first half against Arsenal and he feels that the team performance was one of the most impressive he has witnessed so far in his career.

    Barkley said: “I love the big games. You have to be a good player to play in big games and shine, and I like getting the chance to step up and show what I am capable of.

    “The calf is feeling better. It took me about five minutes to warm up, but I got into the flow of things. It is always disappointing not to start a game, but it’s a team game, and when I got the chance to come on I enjoyed it.”

    On the result and performance, Barkley was delighted with how things went and he feels it was one of the best

    He said: “That’s up there with the best. I think that’s up there with a couple of seasons ago, when Leon Osman scored a header against Man City

    “The fans enjoyed it, I’m sure. Everyone on the pitch, and off it, was brilliant.

    “The fans are crucial. They’re the 12 man on the pitch, and when we hear them, it helps us to play better.

    “You saw against Arsenal that we can play, and that we’re good enough to be in the top four. On our day, we can beat anyone.

    He added: “Now we have to go into every game thinking we can get all three points. We’ve got confidence now, and we have to take that into our remaining games.”

     

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