Josh Murphy’s spectacular strike may have ensured Norwich City caused one of the shocks of the EFL Cup third round – but he insists team work was the key to victory at Everton.
Steven Naismith’s scuffed finish put a second-string Canaries team in front shortly before half-time against a strong Toffees XI.
Murphy’s thunderbolt then went in off the crossbar in the 74th minute to wrap up a deserved win.
“We had to come here and put in a good performance because there’s a lot of players in there trying to get in the eleven for the Championship,” the 21-year-old winger said.
“It’s a great place to stake your claim and I think all the boys showed up well, we stuck to our game-plan and were outstanding, so everyone’s buzzing.”
The strike was reminiscent of Murphy’s debut goal at Watford, in the third round of the same competition, in September 2013.
“I was just thinking do what you do best, do what you do naturally and then hopefully it will come,” he said of his strike.
“It was a relief that it went in and it took a lot of pressure off us and we could build on that so it was great.
“I’ve done it before so I knew I could do it again but at the end of the day whoever scored it doesn’t matter, we win the game, so it doesn’t matter if it’s me or anyone else.”
John Ruddy, Seb Bassong and Naismith were all among the players to get 90 minutes and play their part in the win, with City boss Alex Neil wanting the fringe players to push their claims.
“The message was go out there and it make it hard for me to pick the team and everyone, to a man, has worked their socks off and we stuck to our game-plan well,” Murphy added.