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Gosling - Hard work begins

Teenage starlet left 'buzzing' from festive fixtures

Gosling: On cloud nine

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Dan Gosling admitted the hard work starts now after a Christmas to remember in Everton colours.

"I know the hard work is going to start now"

Dan Gosling

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The 18-year-old made an impressive debut in Everton's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Boxing Day.

But the youngster topped that on Sunday when he scored the final goal in the 3-0 drubbing of Sunderland at Goodison Park.

"It's going to take a while for it all to sink in," Gosling told the Liverpool Echo.

"It was such a good feeling to get the goal, as I had a couple of chances at Middlesbrough and had not tucked them away.

"I'm just thankful that Joleon (Lescott) picked me out and I was able to finish it off."

Opportunity

Gosling is determined not to allow his brief taste of the big time to go to his head however.

"When the gaffer (David Moyes) gave me the nod, I was buzzing," he added.

"This has been a big step up. Hopefully, the gaffer knows what I can do now and there will be a few more chances in the future.

"It is hard to get in but once you are in the team, it's even harder to stay there. You have got to keep performing on a regular basis. I know the hard work is going to start now."

Relish

Gosling, who moved to Goodison in a £1.2million deal from Plymouth 12 months ago, relished his second appearance and paid tribute to Moyes for giving him a second outing over the festive period.

"There were no nerves this time. I just really enjoyed it," said the England Under-18 international.

"It's been a long time coming and the Gaffer has been careful with how he has used me.

"I don't think I was ready to play in the Premier when I first got here, but training with the lads has been a tremendous help."