29 August 2019
Alex Iwobi set out his ambition to “create more memories” at Everton after marking his maiden start for the Club with a goal in the Blues’ 4-2 victory over Lincoln City on Wednesday night.
With the score level at 2-2 approaching the final 10 minutes of the contest, the former Arsenal man headed in from close range to put the Toffees back in the ascendancy.
The Nigeria international celebrated his goal enthusiastically with his teammates in front of the passionate Everton faithful who were congregated behind the goal at Sincil Bank’s Stacey-West Stand.
Iwobi is confident his strike will be the first of many special moments he will experience in an Everton shirt.
“I am enjoying my time here, it is a new chapter in my life,” said the 23-year-old, who joined Everton from Arsenal on transfer deadline day. “I am so happy and there are more memories to come.
“It was a difficult game and we have to give credit to Lincoln
“But the most important thing is we are through to the next round.
“We showed we have that fighting spirit, and that’s good to see.”
Lincoln got off to a flying start at Sincil Bank, with Harry Anderson on target within the opening minute.
The Blues responded well, attacking with speed and purpose, and Lucas Digne equalised in thrilling fashion 36 minutes in. The Frenchman curled home a sensational long-range free-kick, leaving Lincoln stopper Grant Smith grasping at thin air.
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Gylfi Sigurdsson deservedly put the Blues ahead from the penalty spot just before the hour mark, but Lincoln came again – Bruno Andrade cracking an effort past Jordan Pickford 20 minutes from time.
Accomplished late headers from Iwobi and Richarlison ensured the Blues’ progress, however.
Marco Silva’s men will face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the third round on the week commencing 23 September
Goalscorer Digne said Everton’s resilience was key to overcoming Lincoln and progressing in the competition.
“It was a tough start, but after we proved we have the character to come back,” he said.
“When I can score. it is good for the team and it was a great moment for me.
“It was a hard game to play, but the most important thing is to win.”
A version of this report first appeared on the Everton FC website.