Ashley Williams has revealed how Everton’s players are enjoying working under David Unsworth - and that there is a collective determination in the squad to achieve back-to-back wins before the upcoming international break.
Unsworth has overseen five training sessions and two matches - against Chelsea and Leicester City - since taking temporary charge of the Toffees last Tuesday.
Williams was speaking at the pre-match press conference at the Groupama Stadium, shortly after the Blues squad, staff and officials touched down in Lyon on Wednesday afternoon.
The 33-year-old defender addressed the assembled media to stress the importance of getting points on the board - both in European and domestic competition - before the squad disperse to link up with their respective national sides following Sunday’s home Premier League game against Watford.
Welshman Williams, who will captain Everton in the absence of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines
, said: “We are trying to support everything he [Unsworth] wants from us and are trying to do our best in training every day. We’ve enjoyed working with him so far.
“We haven’t had the results in the last two games, which is unfortunate. We are trying to do our best, as always.
“All the fixtures for us are important now but with the international games coming up, we need wins and we need them fast.
“It’s going to be a difficult game on Thursday night against a good team but we’ve got a game-plan that we have worked on and we will try to win the match.
“After that, we will recover and go again against Watford, where we will try to win that as well. We will continue to work as hard as we can until we get a bit of momentum and confidence starts to build.”
Williams was on the scoresheet in a heated first meeting with Lyon a fortnight ago, which ended in a 2-1 away victory for the French side.
It means the Blues have only taken one point from their opening three matches in Group E - but Williams reinforced the thoughts of Unsworth in refusing to accept that qualification for the knockout phase is already out of reach
“Emotions were running high [in the meeting at Goodison] and that happens sometimes,” added Williams. “On Thursday I will try to do my job the best I can do to try to win the game.
“At the minute it’s difficult but we’ve got the two games coming up and we’ll concentrate on the Lyon one first and foremost because we want to stay in this competition.”