Sigurdsson Says Players' 'Confidence Is Coming Back'

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Gylfi Sigurdsson is in no doubt “the confidence is coming back” to Everton’s squad after another spirited showing under manager David Unsworth.

The Blues twice responded from going a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace courtesy of Leighton Baines’ penalty and Oumar Niasse’s cool finish on the stroke of half-time.

That came on the back of the Toffees’ dramatic 3-2 success over Watford 13 days ago in a match which saw them trail by two goals at Goodison.

In his post-match press conference at Selhurst Park, Unsworth said his players were “giving him everything”.

Sigurdsson agreed, praising the manager’s influence on his players since taking charge last month.

And the Icelandic playmaker, who epitomised Everton’s work-rate with an industrious 90 minutes against the Eagles, believes the Blues have the belief to “turn their season around”.

“After going behind twice away from home, you’d take a point,” said the Club’s record signing. “We’ve made it difficult for ourselves at the start but we can be happy.

“We’ve definitely got character in the team and fighting spirit. We showed that today and against Watford but we need to start games better and maybe get the first goal. The confidence is coming back into the team and we know even if we go a goal down we’re still going to be in the game.

“We weren’t good enough at the start of the season but the players are determined to turn it around. The last few weeks we’ve been working hard. The target today was to get a second win in a row but we’re getting closer to where we should be.”

Sigurdsson added: “The gaffer’s been doing really well. He’s been getting us fitter and he’s turning it around. It feels like the confidence is coming back.

“We won the last game and drew today so it’s definitely better than how we were doing before. He’s not just brought the fight, he’s got us organised and he gets that across really well. He tells us that he has belief in us and we’re good enough. We know that and we need to perform.”

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