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Hitz Hunting Home Comforts


Thomas Hitzlsperger is looking forward to the home comforts of two successive fixtures at Goodison Park as the Blues look to get back on track following last weekend’s narrow reverse at Reading.

The 2-1 defeat at the Madejski Stadium ended an eight-match unbeaten stretch in the Barclays Premier League - a run of results which has lifted the Club to the upper reaches of the table.

Chris Hughton brings in-form Norwich to Merseyside on Saturday, with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal making the trip north just four days later.

And Hitzlsperger, who made his first start for Everton in Berkshire, has urged his teammates to bounce back strongly with six vital points up for grabs.

“Personally I have been happy with the way things are going, apart from the result at Reading, I’m not happy with that,” the German international told evertontv.

“Norwich is a game that we have to win, especially after Saturday. It was so frustrating for us not to get the three points or at least one point.

“We have to focus on the game against Norwich, get three points and then we are back on track again.

“We can’t let our heads drop and say that it is bad. We have to lift ourselves again and look forward to the next game.”

Meanwhile, Hitzlsperger hopes his first Blues start can act as a springboard to earn a long-term contract at Goodison Park.

The midfielder was handed a temporary deal last month, which runs until January.

"There's still a long way to go, this is only a starting point," he acknowledged. "I've worked hard in the summer and since I have been here at the Club. I think that's why I got the start on Saturday.

"There's lots of things to improve on, even at my age. I've really enjoyed my time here and I want to spend a long time at this Club."

Tickets for Saturday's visit of Norwich are still available. To secure your seat, click here or call 0871 663 1878.

Alternatively, buy your ticket from Ticket Quarter in Queen Square or Everton Two in Liverpool One.

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