The festive period of football madness is almost upon us and ahead of a hectic two weeks of football, Everton took on Swansea on Monday night, where they served up one hell of an appetiser thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Icelandic born attacking midfielder joined his resurgent Toffees in welcoming his former club to Goodison Park, as they sought to continue the climb back towards the right end of the table.
Having gone behind in the game a little after the half-hour mark, it appeared that it could be one of those nights for the home side following a saved penalty from Wayne Rooney.
Parity was restored, however, from Calvert Lewin and the Toffees then went looking for another three points. Against the side propping up the Premier League table, fans expect as much but it took until just past the hour mark for Everton to pull ahead.
It was well worth the wait, however, as Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up and re-emphasised his long-range danger with a festive thunderbastard to tickle the home support from outside the Swansea box.
Choosing not to celebrate against his former club, the Icelandic star’s strike will almost certainly join the shortlist for the Goal of the Month award.
Ten minutes later Rooney made amends for his missed spot kick and secured all three points for Sam Allardyce’s side, bringing them up to ninth in the table, only a month after there were serious discussions around potential relegation for the Liverpool side.
What a difference a few weeks make.