Morgan Schneiderlin says a first-half “slap on the face” was the catalyst for Everton’s winning performance against Burnley.
The midfielder acknowledged the Blues were not their normal free-flowing selves in the opening 45 minutes before, ultimately, cranking through the gears after half-time and securing a Club Premier League record eighth successive home win.
“The first half was a nice slap on our face to make sure we got on the front-foot,” said the Frenchman.
“Burnley are a tough team and there were a lot of second balls. They won a lot of those in the first half and we had to correct that in the second half and be more composed.”
Schneiderlin echoed the thoughts of manager Ronald Koeman that Everton cannot afford to let standards slip if they are to fulfil the ambition of ending the campaign with 10 straight home league wins.
Chelsea and Watford are the final two visitors to Goodison Park in 2016/17.
“We were lucky to be level at half-time and after that we just had the extra quality to win the game,” added Schneiderlin.
“We are happy but it’s going to be up to us to correct that to keep this unbeaten run going.”