Joel Robles has urged his teammates to channel their frustration from Tuesday night’s draw with Manchester United into a winning display against Leicester City at Goodison Park.
Phil Jagielka’s first-half opener looked set to earn the Blues victory at Old Trafford, until Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot in the dying seconds of the contest to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.
But Joel says the Toffees can ill-afford to dwell on the late blow, with the visit of the defending Premier League champions, who have won each of their past six games in all competitions, on Sunday.
“We are a little bit sad because we lost two points [against Manchester United],” said the 26-year-old goalkeeper. “A win would have been a great result, but now we have to move on quickly.
“It was a difficult game, we had to defend a lot and we did that well, we were just unlucky in the last moment with the penalty. That is football. We need to be positive and look forward to the next game.
“Of course, it is important to perform well every game, but especially after a result like we had in the derby. I put my best into every game, obviously sometimes it is not possible to save every shot but I do everything I can to be ready for anything. There is always pressure in football and that is no problem for me, I enjoy it.”
Discussing Ibrahimovic’s spot-kick, the Spanish shot-stopper revealed he and goalkeeper coach Patrick Lodewijks had done their homework on the Swede’s preferences.
“We had some information about penalties and Ibrahimovic had gone to the goalkeeper’s right with each of his last nine penalties,” revealed Joel. “Obviously, he changed that. I had made my decision where to go but that is penalties - sometimes they score, sometimes they miss.”