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Leon Osman says Everton will be positive as they look to end Newcastle United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season and embark on a winning run of their own.

Newcastle's 3-1 victory over Stoke City on Monday elevated them to third in the table just a point behind Champions Manchester United.

But the Blues' 2-1 win on Tyneside last term, which Osman scored in, was the second match in a sequence of just one defeat in 10 games as Everton finished the season in typically strong fashion.

The 30-year-old is hopeful of a repeat display on Saturday but admits it won't be easy against Alan Pardew's in-form outfit.

"They are third in the table now they are unbeaten after 10 games of the season and are looking very strong - particularly at home," Osman told evertontv.

"It's another very difficult game but it's one where we are going to be positive, go up there and try and get the win.

"The win there last year summed up the season for us, after adversity we came back and really triumphed.

"We had a 2-1 win and it was probably the start of a nice little run for us."

Osman was one of five local born players to feature in Everton's last match, a 1-0 defeat to Man United on Saturday lunchtime.

And the midfielder has reserved special praise for one of his fellow Liverpudlian's right back Tony Hibbert, who has been one of the Club's best players in the opening quarter of the season. 

He said: "It's credit to him, he's a top player and I've been saying for years that he's one of the best full backs in the country and he's finally getting his rewards for that.

"He loves playing against an out and out winger where he's going to get a tough battle and it's good to finally see him get the plaudits he deserves."

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