Seamus Coleman explains animated celebration after Everton goal
Seamus Coleman has given a full explanation for his goal celebration against Brighton this weekend and says he understands the criticism that has been levelled against him.
The defender bagged Everton's second goal in their 3-1 win over Brighton on Saturday with a low drive from the edge of the area.
The 30-year-old then produced an emotional celebration in front of the Gwladys Street, at one point looking to cup his ears as an apparent message to his critics after his performance against Manchester United the previous weekend.
However, speaking about his goal and celebration following the match, Coleman has offered a full explanation - making clear he wasn't "having a go back" at the fans.
The Republic of Ireland captain said: “There's a bit of everything. My first goal since I broke my leg and I've been getting a bit of stick. When I came back here in January (after the broken leg) and played against Leicester the reception I got from Everton fans is something which will stay with me for a long time.
"As footballers we all get stick so it's not like I'm having a go back at the fans, it's just me saying 'I'm all right'. When I am fit and at it I am OK. It's not against the fans because that night in January is something which will stay with me for a long time.
"The fans understand the love I have for them and vice-versa.
“It's part and parcel of the game. Players can be very precious over criticism. The only way you can keep going is keep battling, keep doing the right things, keep working hard in training, keep listening to the manager, and your luck will turn around and that happened to me."