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Coleman Feeling Confident

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

The two clubs may be at opposite ends of the form table, but Seamus Coleman insists a trip to Newcastle United holds no fear for Everton.
 
The Blues have lost four of their last five while unbeaten Newcastle climbed to third place in the table with a midweek win at Stoke.
 
The Toon are without doubt the division’s surprise package having thus far been favoured by the vagaries of the fixture list.
 
The Blues, meanwhile, have just emerged from a five-game spell that has encompassed fixtures against Liverpool, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs.
 
With that in mind, Coleman believes it is time for the Blues to play catch-up – starting at St James’ Park.
 
“We have got a difficult game at Newcastle up next and it is really important for us to get three points after the hard run of games we have had,” Coleman told evertontv.
 
“Newcastle are flying at the moment, they are doing really well and beat Stoke on Monday. It is always difficult to go there no matter what sort of form they are in.
 
“This Saturday may be extra difficult but we will go there looking for three points and they won’t find it easy against us.”
 
One of the main reasons for Newcastle’s good early season form has been the goals of striker Demba Ba and Coleman says Everton will need to stop the Senegalese striker.
 
“They have brought in some good players and are unbeaten in the league at the moment but it is up to us to stop that on Saturday,” he added.
 
“They are quite solid defensively and Demba Ba is a threat, he got a hat-trick in the week. He scored goals at West Ham and is doing it again now. He is one we will have to watch.
 
“They are good team but we have played against good teams before and we will be confident as well.”
 
While Newcastle have been largely reliant on Ba for goals, the Blues have been sharing them around.
 
Coleman chipped in with six last term and he hopes to contribute his share again – particularly after sessions in training designed to hone his finishing.
 
He said: “Before finishing wasn’t really part of my game because I was a right-back, but last year I started playing right midfield and got a few. Now it’s got to the point where I need to start working on it a bit more. I’ve been doing extra sessions with the assistant manager working on my finishing. I can always improve, that’s what I aim to do and I might get a few goals myself.
 
“I got a couple last season, and there’s no better feeling than scoring for Everton.”

 

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