Lennon Eager To Bounce Back

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Aaron Lennon says the Everton squad's team spirit will help them bounce back from agonising defeat last weekend.

The Blues have had to dust themselves down after the last-gasp defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, with Bournemouth visiting Goodison on Saturday.

And Lennon insists the squad are itching to be back in action and determined to return to winning ways.

“It has been tough,” he said. “Obviously the week before this one was hard, losing at Wembley and in the derby before that. Everyone was a bit down at the start of the week but in football, there is always another game around the corner. We have to pick ourselves up and go again.

“The team spirit has never been a problem here. The lads have always worked for each other, its just sometimes we have not had the rub of the green. But the lads are definitely fighting together. 

“We have to take that spirit into our remaining games. We have to kick on and pick ourselves up because we are way too low in the league. There are still four games to go and 12 points up for grabs. That could push us up a few places so our aim is to finish strongly.”

In facing the Cherries, Lennon admits Everton face a side that have surprised him this season.

Eddie Howe’s men secured their Premier League status with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa back on 9 April – a result that took them past the 40-point mark, traditionally associated with safety.

But Lennon wants a victory at Goodison Park to reward Evertonians who have stuck with the side through thick and thin in a difficult campaign.

“I have been impressed with Bournemouth,” he added. “I was one of those who thought they might not have enough but they really shocked me. When we played them in the 3-3 draw and in the FA Cup game – one that could have gone either way – they were a really good side. I think they will stay in the league for a while now.

“But our fans have been brilliant and we want to win for them. Even through the bad times, every game they have turned up and supported us.

“We owe it to them to finish the season as strongly as we can.”

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