Ross Barkley said his mother predicted he would score against Newcastle
Ross Barkley has spoken of his delight at scoring his first goal at Goodison Park - and revealed it came on exactly the night his mother predicted.
The boyhood Evertonian starred for The Toffees in their defeat of Newcastle United on Monday night, and scored the second of their three goals during a scintillating first-half display.
Speaking to the club's official website, Barkley said: “I knew it was coming - m
y mum said before the game she had a feeling I’d score and I’m made up she was right.
“I was over the moon because I’ve dreamt about that moment since I was a kid.”
Barkley’s goal was sandwiched between a Romelu Lukaku brace, and the young midfielder said he is enjoying playing alongside the Belgium international.
“I love playing with Rom," he added. “We link up well and I can run beyond him and I know he’ll find me.
"We’ve got a good relationship on the field and it’s good having a top player like him in the side.
“We’re still unbeaten and we want to continue that as long as we can. It’s brilliant that we’re in fourth place and the way we’ve been playing is more encouraging.”
Meanwhile, his manager Roberto Martinez said he is sure the goal at Goodison will be the first of many.
“You are looking at the way he is growing game-by-game, he is becoming stronger and bigger. He has a terrific understanding of the game at such a young age.
“It’s really pleasing and nobody deserved the goal more than Ross because of the work that he has put in in the previous five games.
“It was a special moment. Ross is a young diamond of English football.”
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the 2013/14 campaign – starting all six Premier League games so far, contributing two assists and two goals.
Barkley also made his debut for the senior England team against Moldova in September, and will be hoping his fine form earns him another call when Roy Hodgson names his squad for the games against Montenegro and Poland on Thursday.