Break benefited young duo - Osman

22 February 2010 03:30
Everton midfielder Leon Osman believes youngsters Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell have benefited from a break after they both scored against Manchester United.The pair have both returned this month from injury and scored in the 3-1 win. [LNB]Osman told BBC Radio Merseyside: "There was a bit too much on their shoulders early in the stage of the season. You can see what quality players they are. [LNB]"It's good they managed to get a step back and have a break to take a little bit of pressure off them." [LNB]Gosling, 20, and Rodwell, 18, both picked up hamstring injuries in different Europa League games in December and returned in the victory over Chelsea earlier this month. [LNB]Osman continued: "It's great for us as a squad to have quality players like that to call upon." [LNB]The win over United on Saturday quickly followed the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Blues' previous Premier League fixture and Osman says it is no fluke.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "At 1-0 down we didn't panic we didn't lose our heads and we kept on it and believed in ourselves that we'd come back," he said. [LNB]"We showed against Chelsea we could do it and we showed against Manchester United that we're fully confident in our ability and we can perform it on the park." [LNB]The 28-year-old also had word of praise for Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, as it was his strike levelled the game, catching goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar off-guard. [LNB]Osman continued: "I don't think anyone expected him to hit it as well as he did. [LNB]"We probably should have as he has done it a couple of times so far this season. It was great to see it hit the back of the net. [LNB]"It was a tremendous strike and it was fully deserved, he did really well today."

Source: BBC_Sport