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Steven Pienaar says Everton will head to Manchester City full of confidence and in good spirits following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

The Blues produced a swashbuckling performance against the Gunners, with a decisive second goal the only thing missing on an entertaining evening at Goodison Park.

After the narrow reverse at Reading nearly a fortnight ago and the weekend’s draw with Norwich, Everton’s record now reads just one defeat in 11 league games.

But Pienaar believes there would be no better place than the Etihad Stadium to follow up a recent spate of draws with a timely victory.

“If you look at the last two games, [our play] was much better,” said the South African. “Against Reading we just gave it away and it was unprofessional the way we went about things, and Saturday was one of those games when we were not switched on at the end.

“That’s the best thing about football - the games come quickly and you can always set it straight.

"We’re fortunate we’re in a job when if you make a mistake you can make up for it the next game and now we’ll look to go one better at City.”

It was Pienaar’s perseverance that led to Marouane Fellaini’s equalising goal against Arsenal.

The build-up to the Belgian’s 28th-minute strike typified a gutsy performance from David Moyes’ side, who got off to the worst possible start by conceding inside the first minute.

“When you concede so early it’s easy for your heads to go but to be honest the support was fantastic even though that happened,” added the 30-year-old midfielder.

"The fans kept us going and there were 89 minutes left so we knew we were still in the game.

"We gave it everything, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough, although it was a good point against a really good team.

"I think we were on the front foot and we were really going for it. We didn’t sit back and we created some really good chances.”

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Prices start at just £50 for kids under the age of 11, whilst junior Blues can secure their seat from only £99. Adults can catch all the action from the second half of the Premier League campaign from £289.

Half Season Tickets are available to buy from the Box Office at Goodison Park and Everton Two in Liverpool One. Alternatively, supporters can purchase online by clicking here .

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