"It was a difficult moment for us as a club. It was a big game with the new manager coming in. We needed a big performance and we had that - especially in the first half. "We had to win. We had to stand up and show what good players we are. It's the first step of where we want to go - moving up the league." Unsworth will return to his role with the club's U-23 team Thursday when Sam Allardyce will be named as Everton's permanent manager. Allardyce was at Goodison Park after finalising a deal at the club's Finch Farm training complex.
Wayne Rooney scores his first Everton hat-trick and his 9th hat-trick overall - also the 200th time an Everton player has scored 3 or more goals in a game pic.twitter.com/2Oj7V3w1gk— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 29, 2017
"Great hat-trick, great display from Wayne. He was captain for a reason," Unsworth said. Rooney enjoyed a slice of luck with his first goal as his poorly-struck penalty was saved by Joe Hart but landed at the perfect height for him to nod the ball straight back into the net and score for the first time since the 5-2 defeat by Arsenal on Oct. 22. He thrashed in a cutback from fellow Everton youth academy graduate Jonjoe Kenny in the 28th minute but saved his best goal for last, reacting quickly to a scuffed pass from Joe Hart to drive the loose ball into the net from behind the halfway line. "The third goal, it fell to me, Joe's out of his goal and I thought I'll have a go and I hit it sweet," Rooney said.
? | @WayneRooney was at his clinical best in an all-action display tonight... For a chance to win his signed shirt follow @Davanti_Tyres and RT this post! #PerformanceDriven #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/0WuKjT0e0gNovember 29, 2017