Everton’s home form this season has been abject to say the very least.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men hadn’t tasted the sweet sensation of three points at Goodison Park since March 1st.
However, with a smattering of fans back inside Goodison Park for the visit of Wolves, they were spurred on to earn a crucial win in their bid for European football.
The energy that Everton showed had a renewed vigour to it. Skipper Seamus Coleman was everywhere while the purpose and speed at which they moved the ball significantly improved.
It was Richarlison who sent the crowd into raptures again. He leapt brilliantly from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s ball in to score his first goal in Everton colours for over two months as the Toffees won 1-0.
The Brazilian was just one of a plethora of players who seemed to be inspired by fans being back inside the stadium.
Though, he can’t take all the credit. Another man who had the crowd standing to attention was Lucas Digne.
Fresh from being announced in France’s squad for the delayed European Championships, he demonstrated why he deserves to be in a group with one of the deepest talent pools in the international game.
As he did against Wolves back in January, Digne ran the show from left-back, coping with the effervescent and direct threat of Adama Traore astutely.
It said a lot that he was only dribbled past on one occasion. Against a player like Traore, that’s a very impressive accomplishment.
However, it was in attack where the £18m signing was at his best.
Terrorising Nelson Semedo down the right, Digne attempted no fewer than seven crosses throughout his time on the field.
He provided three key passes for the Toffees attack to try and score from while he was also successful with two of his three dribbles.
This was an immense day at the office for the Frenchman, a player who has taken to English football like a duck to water.
The 27-year-old’s delivery is first-class, he is strong in the tackle and he also knows how to beat a man for fun.
This was close to a complete performance from the full-back; all that was missing was a goal or an assist.