Jagielka & Williams Ahead Of Hull
Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams have both been giving their thoughts ahead of this weekend's clash with Hull City.
With ten games remaining in the season for Ronald Koeman's side, Everton sit two points off six place Manchester United in the Premier League table and have only lost once in our eleven games since Boxing Day.
Speaking to evertonfc.com ahead of the game and with Everton with five straight wins at Goodison Park ahead of our hosting of Hull, Jagielka knew the confidence boost it would give everybody if we could pull ahead of United in the table, even though games in hand continue to figure at the top.
'It`s going to be a big game just before the international break. We need to make sure we pick up as many points as possible in the run-in, especially at home. We need to try to put a bit of pressure on the people above us. Obviously we had a great start, we then had a bit of a dip, but ever since then I think it`s been a positive season.'
'We`d have probably liked to have gone a little bit further in the cups but the atmosphere and the way everything is getting changed, the development of the Club on the whole, is great. Of course, all that doesn`t matter if the football`s not right but, at the moment, the football`s doing a pretty good job as well.
As for Williams, in his own interview he focused in on how huge securing European football would be for the club this year.
'It would be a nice reward for all the hard work we`ve put in this season. There is still a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season, but we`re in a good position now, a strong position to get into the Europa League. I`ve played in the competition before with Swansea and I enjoyed it. For me, it would be a really good achievement to get back there and, with the size of this Club and the direction we want to go, it is something that we need to achieve. We need to keep improving. We are showing signs of that and the way we came out for the second half against West Brom showed it, with the way we took control of the game again. We`ve seen in previous weeks where we had not done that so well, but it`s something we`ve spoken about. Once we started the second half, we quickly settled down and continued to be the team on top.'
With Hull up at Goodison this weekend, he went on to say that we simply couldn't take our foot of the gas now and we had to keep this form going until the end of the campaign.
'We had a good run before the Spurs game without losing, we lost that one but we quickly moved on with another win against West Brom. Now we need to put another run together and if we can get back-to-back wins at home then that will stand us in good stead heading into the international break. It`s a different Hull side with the new manager and they have plenty of confidence because they are winning games and playing good football. It`s a game we can`t take lightly - it`s going to be a difficult, but we understand that we`re at home, we`re in form as well and we do not fear anyone in this league. We will go with our gameplan and we want to win.'