Sigurdsson Says 'Pretty Or Ugly' Win Will Put Blues Right

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Gylfi Sigurdsson admits Everton need a win "pretty or ugly" to boost their confidence - but insists the Blues aren’t too far away from getting it right.

Wayne Rooney's 90th-minute penalty saw the Toffees grab a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Sunday, bouncing back from Anthony Knockaert's 82nd-minute opener.

Everton welcome Lyon in a crunch Europa League game on Thursday before hosting Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

And Sigurdsson is adamant the crowded fixture list can help the Blues turn their fortunes around.

“Obviously the next game is an important one but, for us at the moment, we just need to win, pretty or ugly,” said the 28-year-old.

“We just need to get results and once we do that, the confidence will come back into the team and things will come a little bit easier for us.

“And I think if we get a couple of results back-to-back then we’ll hopefully get going. I don’t think we’re too far away.

"The boys and the staff are determined to work hard to turn this around because I think we’ve got good, good players.

“Personally and with all of the players collectively, I think we’re just off our best.

“But they are small margins in football and I don’t think we’re a mile off getting results, and a couple of scruffy wins, 1-0 away or whatever it is, that pumps a little bit of confidence into the team and that’s sometimes what you need.”

One draw and one defeat means Everton go into the meeting with Lyon bottom of Europa League Group E.

The Ligue 1 outfit have themselves managed only two points from their opening two games and Sigurdsson recognises it’s a huge fixture for both sides in terms of their continental aspirations.

He added: “It’s a strange group. I think everyone can beat anyone. There’s a few good teams in there.

“You may need at least 10 points to go through and it will be nice to start [building towards] that on Thursday against a tough team."

Tickets are still available for the Blues’ Europa League clash with French giants Lyon at Goodison on Thursday (8.05pm kick-off), priced at £20 for adults, £10 concessions and £5 for under-11s. Click here to book your seat.

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