Tobias: Confidence The Key

by Mark Rowan
@Everton

Tobias Linderoth is adamant that Everton's pre-season dip in form will be rectified before the Premiership campaign starts on August 16th.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who has played in each of the three consecutive defeats against Dundee United, Preston and Roda JC, has stressed that the players need to raise their spirits before the new season begins.

With the opening day clash with Arsenal less than a fortnight away, Linderoth is targeting a win at Goodison on Sunday to provide the lift that The Blues need.

"Results give you confidence and we haven't had a result for a few games - we need to build up that confidence," he told evertonfc.com

"We need to create a lot more chances. There's a lot of things that we do a lot better, but there were signs in the second half that things are improving.

"A win against Bologna is important as it will give us the confidence we need to take us into the new season."

Linderoth was substituted at half time in the Parkstad Limburg Stadion on Tuesday night after David Moyes' switch in tactics was scrapped.

The Swede operated in a holding role as Everton played with a diamond formation in the opening 23 minutes of the game, by which time the Dutch side were already 2-0 in front.

But Linderoth believes that the defeat wasn't solely due to the change in formation.

"There were a lot of things that didn't work that well," he continued.

"We still didn't put Roda under a lot of pressure when they were on the ball, which gave them time to pass and cross the ball.

"It was difficult for us. The new system - a diamond shape in midfield - made it difficult to get hold of their midfielders, so we changed to a flat midfield four after that.

"Our first half performance wasn't very good at all, but at the same time Roda played some very good football, so that made for a bad first half for us.

"It probably got better in the second half, we were a bit more positive, but by that time it was too late. It was very disappointing to lose," he concluded.

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