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Darron Gibson has welcomed Everton’s return to form – but has stressed that the team still needs to remain vigilant in their own defensive third.

After a spell of four matches without victory, Blues fans have been treated to six goals and back-to-back wins from their side at Goodison in the last week.

However, Gibson is still concerned with the amount of goals Everton have been leaking after going eight matches without a shut-out.

“It’s been damaging the amount of goals we’ve conceded, but this week the attacking side overpowered the defensive side,” said the 25-year-old following the 3-1 victory against Reading.

“It was frustrating not to get the clean sheet but we created a lot of chances and could have had a lot more goals. If you look at the game as a whole I think our attacking was a lot better than it has been lately.

“It was a great result and we needed it after the last few results. We’ve conceded too many goals and it was unfortunate to concede another one, but I thought we deserved the win and played well.”

One particular source of optimism in the wins over Oldham and Reading was the influential performances from Kevin Mirallas, who found the net with classy finishes in both games.

Blues boss David Moyes explained after Saturday’s match that the Belgian’s return to form has provided Everton with a timely boost – a view shared by Gibson.

The Irishman added: “Everyone knows Kevin is a good player. It’s been difficult for him but he’s starting to find his feet now.

“If he can keep playing that well for the remaining games of the season he’ll play a big part. He’s a flair player. He likes to get on the ball, dribble and shoot.”

Like Mirallas, Gibson has endured a constant battle with injuries this season after suffering two separate spells on the sidelines.

Moyes revealed on Friday that the former Manchester United man is still troubled with a thigh complaint, although Gibson is hopeful surgery will not be required as a way of finally curing the problem.

Gibson said: “Fingers crossed it won’t need an operation in the summer. I don’t really want to talk about it too much. I’m just managing it at the minute. I’m happy enough. I’m comfortable playing.”

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