Date: 12th February 2018 at 2:13pm
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Gylfi Sigurdsson has called on the side to use our stronger home form as the backbone to drive Everton to a strong finish to the campaign following victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Hosting Roy Hodgson’s side at Goodison Park, Everton took a three one victory with Sigurdsson joining Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies on the scoresheet and with 17 points returned from a possible 24 and having gone from two points off the relegation zone back ahead of the meeting with West Ham and now sitting just two points off seventh placed Burnley, he knows we have to build on that, maintain home results and improve away.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained.

‘Since Sam has come in, we have been more consistent, even though we have had a couple of disappointing results against Tottenham and Arsenal. We need to keep up that consistency, particularly in the last couple of home games. If we can do that, we will have a fine end to the season. Winning two out of our last three games is not too bad. We won both of our home games, which is good, and we have been strong at Goodison. We have got some important games coming up over the next month or so and we need to make sure we keep winning.’

The former Swansea City man went on to say.

‘We are looking up, but we have been doing that all season. The focus at the moment is picking up as many points as we can and, of course, climbing up the table. You always want to finish on a high and play well but that applies to any point in the season. But after the start we made this year, we want to finish strongly so we will try and set ourselves up to do that.’

He went on to admit that not only have Everton underperformed as a club so far this season, he held his hands up to his own form and he promised he was working hard to change it around and he felt fans would see he’s now getting back to the player they no doubt expected when we signed him.

‘I put pressure on myself. A lot more was expected of myself and the team. We were underperforming. But it has been good for me over the last couple of weeks. I managed to score on Saturday and I am claiming that assist for Tom! I also assisted Theo against Leicester City. Hopefully that will continue.’

Reflecting on Palace a little bit more specifically, the Iceland international said playing more on the ‘front foot’ had helped us to take charge of the affair, and we needed to keep doing that in games to come.

Having been two points off the relegation zone when the Blues boss arrived, the win on Saturday saw Everton close the gap to just two points off seventh-placed Burnley, and Sigurdsson says it was down to the Toffees playing on the front foot.

‘We played on the front foot and got the early goal from a long pass forward and picking up second balls. After we went 1-0 up we could control the game from then on. The goal gave us the initiative and you could see that in the way that we played. We immediately got on the front foot again and managed to get a second straight away. We controlled the game really well, apart from their goal at the end. At half time, we reminded ourselves how much we wanted to win this game, especially at home and with a few fixtures coming up which are very important for us. It was vital to get the three points.’

With him opening the scoring on the day, he went on to say.

‘It`s good for me to score and it came at an important time. This was a game that we needed to win so it was good to put us ahead. It`s always nice to get the goalscoring boots on.’

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