Vitalli Mykolenko believes that Everton is continuously improving as a team with each passing week, and he credits their progress to their relentless work on the training pitch.

In the recent Premier League match against Brighton, the Toffees put up a strong fight and seemed on course to secure their third win in just six days. However, their hopes were dashed when Kaoru Mitoma’s low cross, deflected off Ashley Young, found the back of the net in the final minutes, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Mykolenko, who had earlier scored Everton’s goal in the seventh minute, expressed his disappointment with the outcome but emphasized that the determined performance was a testament to the progress they are making under manager Sean Dyche.

“I’m disappointed, we played well and deserved three points,” he shared. “We were sharp, and the fans really played a part. I think we were unlucky in the end.”

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Mykolenko acknowledged the challenge posed by Brighton and highlighted the team’s adaptability to nullify their opponents. He commended their defensive efforts and the strong connection among the players, suggesting that their game plan was effective, and the late equalizer was a stroke of misfortune.

He continued, “But we are growing up every week as a team, you can see that. Our fans can hopefully see that, too. We are working hard every day together at training to try and go out on the weekend, put on performances and deliver positive results.”

Mykolenko’s goal, his second for Everton, was particularly special as it marked his first at Goodison Park. Coincidentally, his debut strike for the Blues also came within the first seven minutes of a match in May 2022 when they secured a 2-1 victory against Leicester City.

The Ukrainian international’s recent impressive form was recognized with statistics, as he made the joint-most clearances and the highest number of interceptions for Everton during the game.

“I try to play every game at 100 percent, I still want to get better and I’m working hard every day to keep improving,” Mykolenko explained. “I want to help my teammates and do well for this team.”

He acknowledged the competitiveness of the Premier League and the time it takes to adapt but expressed his confidence in the team’s strength and their good performance. Mykolenko is determined to keep contributing to the team’s success.

Reflecting on his opening goal, he added, “It’s an amazing feeling to score at Goodison Park. Two years ago, I could not have imagined achieving this. Goals are something I would love to add more to my game, and I’m hoping this is the start of many more for the Club.”

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