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Darron Gibson believes Everton need to take three points from Norwich City on Saturday if they are to keep their Champions League dream alive.
 
The Blues travel to Carrow Road looking to end a run of three games without a win against opposition they last lost to in March 1994.
 
At home, Norwich are unbeaten in their last three games, though Chris Hughton's side haven't won a league match since mid-December.
 
With six points now separating Everton and fourth-place Tottenham, Gibson says it is imperative he and his teammates inflict further misery on the Canaries this weekend.
 
"It's a big game," the midfielder said in an exclusive interview with evertontv. "I think if we want to kick on and get fourth place we need a win.
 
"We've got Manchester City and Arsenal coming up in the next few weeks and they're two massive games as well. I think if we could get three points at Norwich on Saturday it would be a big result.
 
"It's a tough place to go and we found it tough last year. The fans get behind them and it's a tight ground with a tight pitch. But I think if we play the way we've been playing and we get a bit of luck, I think we'll get a result."
 
Last season the Blues were held to a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road, an afternoon when an on-fire Nikica Jelavic bagged a stylish double.
 
The striker hasn't netted a league goal since a 2-1 win over Spurs in December, though, handily, others have weighed in.
 
That Everton's nine FA Cup goals this term have been scored by nine different players underlines the abundant attacking options in David Moyes’ squad.

Darron Gibson
 
Regardless, Gibson says he is still seeing the Jelavic of old in training and insists it's simply a matter of time before the ice-cool Croat is back to his chilling best.
 
"I think all strikers go through periods like this," said the Irishman. "It's a big part of being a squad - you need everyone to chip in with goals, and the lads have done that while Jela's not done it, so that's been good.
 
"He's doing it in training every day so hopefully he gets a bit of luck on Saturday and bangs one in."
 
As for his own form, Gibson admits he, too, longs to get back among the goals.
 
His winner against Manchester City last season remains his only strike in royal blue.
 
Yet having missed two-and-a-half months before Christmas and then the whole of January because of a thigh problem, avoiding the physio room table is priority number one.
 
"I think I'm getting back to where I was before I got injured," he added. "It was a bit unfortunate getting injured and then it was a bit more serious than we first thought it was. Then it recurred a little bit when I came back at the end of December. It was disappointing but, fingers crossed, this time everything's alright.
 
"Obviously it's not nice being injured. I've just been unlucky really, things haven't really gone my way.
 
"When I've been fit I've played nearly every game and we've done well as well. I think we've only lost six games in a year. It's a great record.
 
"I'm just getting back to my full fitness really but hopefully I can kick on from here and play the rest of the games between now and May."


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