Morgan Schneiderlin has called on Everton to learn from their mistakes of recent matches and take control from the first whistle against Burnley.
The Blues halted a run of three straight league defeats with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend but had to come from behind to see off Eddie Howe’s Cherries at Goodison Park.
They then repeated the trick to turn an early deficit into a 2-1 lead in Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Apollon Limassol, only to concede a frustrating late equaliser against the Cypriots.
And Frenchman Schneiderlin, 27, says the habit of conceding first is one the Toffees must look to break by imposing themselves sooner.
Everton could climb into the top half ahead of the October international break with a victory, and the midfielder said: “[Against Limassol] we started a bit shaky and with a bit of tension but, after we conceded the goal, we showed a good reaction and played the better football, even if we didn’t create much in the first half.
“We still came back to 1-1 and, in the second half, I think we played well. We had possession, they never troubled us anywhere, we had the ball, we created some chances and we scored the second goal. But then we conceded that last goal on a free-kick.
“But, for us, we just have to start the game like we played after 20 minutes and not be reacting but more acting.
“That’s the thing we need to correct - to start games very confident and believing in ourselves.
“The last three games, we’ve won two and drawn one at home and we know that at Goodison we are a team that can hurt people. But the main thing now is to start games from the first minute.”
Last season, Burnley incredibly had to wait until the end of April to chalk up their first away victory in the Premier League but won at Chelsea on the opening day this time around and have since recorded 1-1 draws at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
And, wary of the physical threat Sunday’s opponents carry, Schneiderlin says it’s imperative Everton don’t give the Lancastrians too many opportunities to play to their own strengths.
“What they’ll maybe want is us to rush things and then, after that, with the recent results, get the crowd and everyone a bit nervous," he said.
"So we have to keep patient, keep the ball and do the right thing.
“They’re always a team who play direct football and defend very well. This year they signed some good players, they lost one or two as well, but they still have players who create problems and they can do that at any time.
"They can have a free-kick on the half-way line and put it in the box, they play percentage football, but against those teams I always say the way I see football is that as long as you keep the ball, they cannot hurt you.
“It’s going to be up to us keep the ball and not let them have those balls and the confidence to hurt us. But they are a strong team and we’re going to need to be ready for the challenge."