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Steve Round has called for Everton to repeat the intensity they showed against Manchester City when Stoke visit Goodison this weekend.

The Toffees gave David Moyes the perfect eleventh anniversary gift as goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic were enough to earn their fourth consecutive home win over City.

Stoke have a solid recent record against Everton and assistant manager Round knows it will not be an easy game.

He told evertontv: “Stoke are a difficult team to beat and always have been under Tony Pulis. They are very well-organised and difficult to break down.

“They are very difficult to score against and they will come to us and be resilient. It will be a tough game and we will have to be patient for 90 minutes and play our football.

“If we play with the same energy and verve that we did against Manchester City, we can beat anybody in this league.”

Like the Britannia, Goodison Park is renowned for its fervent atmosphere.

Against City, the crowd were the twelfth man and Round has called for more of the same.    

He added: “People ask whether the crowd lift the players or the players lift the crowd, but I think that at Goodison it goes hand-in-hand. They spark off each other and it might [stem] from something that happens in the game.

“It might be a tackle by a player that lifts the crowd and the crowd then lifts the players, or it might be that the crowd suddenly decide to get behind the team with a rousing chorus.

“You talk to other coaches and managers about what are the hardest grounds to go to and Goodison is always up there at the top of the list. It’s a tough place to come and we like to say it is our fortress home.”

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