Kevin Mirallas was thrilled as Everton FC responded to their "big day" after four years out of Europe by beating VfL Wolfsburg, Kevin De Bruyn lamenting "the dumbest mistakes".
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• Kevin Mirallas delight at marking "big day" with clinical display
• Team selection shows Everton are "going for it" in Europe
• Kevin De Bruyne laments Wolfsburg defensive woes
• Next games: Krasnodar v Everton, Wolfsburg v LOSC (2 October)
Kevin Mirallas, Everton forward
It was a big day – it was four years since we'd played in the Europa League and it was important to win the first home game against a strong team. Wolfsburg are a good team but we played well. When you're two up at half-time it helps and although they were better in the second half, it was already 3-0. The team knows we have a great goalkeeper [Tim Howard] and [at the other end] we didn't have a lot of chances but we could score four goals and that's important.
I'm really happy to play with a great player like Samuel Eto'o, and when he saw me breaking, he played the ball straight to me – only a great player can do that and after that, the one-on-one is easy
The next game is against Krasnodar in Russia. It'll be different. We don't know what their pitch or stadium will be like and they'll be tough at home – they beat Real Sociedad 3-0 [to qualify]. But we play every game to win. Look at Sevilla – they're a good team but not the best in Europe, and they [won the competition].
The Premier League is a very tough league with difficult games but you could see today the manager sent out his best team, he didn't change anything, and the team are going for it.
Leighton Baines, Everton defender
We got a decent lead at half-time and having got the third so early in the second half perhaps took our foot off the gas a little bit. We were a bit disappointed to concede a goal at the end but they were pressing for that and it was a good free-kick.
It puts us in a good early position but there are only tough games in this group. It is a really strong group so we'll have to put in more performances like that throughout the group to get out of it.
Kevin De Bruyne, Wolfsburg midfielder
I don't think we played that badly but we made the dumbest mistakes at the back and you see against a team like Everton who have a lot of strength in attack, they can score easily. I talked to some of the guys from Everton after the game and they said: 'We didn't have a lot of chances but there was so much space for us to play between the lines.' That is something we have to work on.
I know we have to score more – that is one of our problems – but the fact that we are creating chances is good. At the other end we have to keep a clean sheet to win some games – it is difficult if you concede in every game.