Deeney | “It’s A Massive Team Effort”
Troy Deeney felt Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time winner in yet another thrilling finish involving the Golden Boys was a fitting reward for his performances this season.
Cleverley sent Vicarage Road wild by reacting to a loose ball in the Arsenal box and ramming the winner into the roof of the net.
It was his first goal of the season and his first for the Golden Boys since one in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in 2010. How far the midfielder and the club have come since.
"Tom has been our best player by a mile," said Deeney.
"Doucourè has got all the credit for scoring but Tom has been different class. I'm absolutely buzzing for him to get that goal."
Although Marco Silva didn't alter things personnel wise at half-time, Cleverley revealed the seeds of the second-half transformation were sewn at half-time.
"The manager said we needed to play with more belief and we did that," said the player signed from Everton. "The first task was to make sure we didn't lose it but Troy came on and changed things." .
Deeney lifted the lid further on just what went on at half-time.
"Massive credit to the manager," said the club captain. "Some would call it a half-time teamtalk but I'd call it more of a roasting. He really got into people."
Silva's ability to wield the big stick as well as put an arm around the shoulder has galvanised this transformed squad and propelled them up to the dizzy heights of fourth.
"It's been a great start to the season," added Deeney.
"We've got a great bunch and we are building something really good. We had a last-minute winner at Swansea, a last-minute equaliser at West Brom and now this.
"We've got great belief and it shows we keep going and how fit we are. The lads off the bench are making a big difference; it's a massive team effort."
Cleverley has been in enough dressing rooms with England, Manchester United, Leicester, Wigan, Aston Villa and Everton to know a good one when he sees one.
"I really feel we are building something here," he said.
"Why not go and beat Chelsea [next week]. We go there with confidence."
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