Everton boss Carlos Ancelloti has praised Alex Iwobi and teammates for their hardwork in ensuring a 1-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday’s Premier League.

Iwobi and his midfield colleagues were outstanding as they beat the Blues at home for the first time since 3 October.

Gylfi Sigurdsson first half penalty was the winner for the Toffees and Ancelloti expressed his satisfaction in his midfielders’ performances.

“[I’m] really pleased,” Ancelotti said of the 1-0 win. “In front of our supporters; they were only 2,000 [but] we are really happy for them. They have seen a good match for Everton who played well with fantastic spirit.

“Their impact [of the fans] was really strong. We were really pleased.They supported us. It’s really important to have supporters — it’s totally a different environment.

“Defensively, we did really well; it was fantastic from our midfielders — Allan, Doucouré, Sigurdsson, Iwobi. They worked really hard. The team sacrificed, but that was the target to sacrifice because against a top team like Chelsea you have to sacrifice.

“They did really well and after that [with] our counter-attack we were really dangerous. We didn’t concede a lot of opportunities and I think we deserved to win.”