Gareth Barry insists Everton deserve all the plaudits coming their way after defeating Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday.

Steven Naismith took the headlines with his hat-trick but the Blues were too efficient at both ends of the pitch for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Even when Nemanja Matic arrowed in a 30-yard strike to reduce the deficit to 2-1, Everton’s composure and willingness to go in search of a killer third was rewarded with the move of the match that allowed Naismith to complete his treble late on.

And Barry explained that it was the Blues’ insistence on staying true to the game plan that yielded their reward.

“We deserve all the praise because our tactics were to stop them creating too many chances and then to hit them on the counter attack,” said the midfielder. “Some of our football going forward was brilliant.

“At half-time we were scratching our heads thinking how it wasn’t 3-1 or 4-1 rather than just 2-1. Overall it was a great performance.”


Evertonians were full of praise for the performance of Barry across social media, with the holding midfielder at the heart of stopping Chelsea creating chances.

While he modestly refrains from reflecting on his own display, Barry was quick to highlight the support from the Goodison Park terraces as a crucial component to the victory.

“There is nothing better when the fans are like that,” he added. “They were expecting a performance from us – we hadn’t won at Goodison before the game and we were playing against the champions.

“So to get our first three points at home against the champions sums the game up perfectly.

“As I have said before, when the team wins it generally means you have played well. When you suffer defeat you get the stick that comes with it! It is all about winning football games.”