Gylfi Sigurdsson says Everton’s defeat by Southampton is “difficult to take” and insists the Toffees are “determined” to turn around their form.
Sigurdsson scored his first Everton Premier League goal at St Mary’s Stadium but the Icelander’s wonderful strike on the cusp of half-time proved a lone high spot on a disappointing afternoon for the Blues.
Everton were trailing to Dusan Tadic’s 18th-minute goal when Sigurdsson fired in from 20 yards. And Charlie Austin’s two headed goals inside six minutes early in the second half put Saints back in charge, with Steven Davis sweeping home late on to complete the scoring.
The Toffees are 16th in the Premier League – but visits to Goodison Park from both West Ham United and Huddersfield Town in the next six days represent opportunities to climb the table. And Sigurdsson admits it is imperative for the Blues to quickly turn their attention to the week ahead.
“It is disappointing,” midfielder Sigurdsson told evertontv. “I think we were lucky to get back in the game.
“At 1-1 at half-time I thought we could nick something but the performance in the second half was far from good enough.
“It is difficult to take this result and performance today. We will be back in tomorrow morning and we have to make sure we perform better throughout 90 minutes against West Ham.”
“All of the players are determined to turn this around. We need a little bit of luck, we got back into the game today but we need to make sure we take advantage of those situations.
“And we have to be better defensively as a team, all the way from the front, and make it harder for teams to break us down.”
Sigurdsson’s goal was the product of a sublime piece of individual skill. The 28-year-old’s sharp change of direction on the edge of the box outfoxed two Southampton defenders, with his subsequent, arcing shot rattling off the woodwork before crossing the line.
The Toffees' Club-record buy delivered an industrious performance on the south coast, similar to his indefatigable efforts last week at Crystal Palace, where Sigurdsson capped his display by creating a goal for Oumar Niasse.
He was nevertheless keen to deflect attention from his own contribution, instead focusing on the needs of his team – starting with Wednesday night’s Goodison Park encounter with West Ham.
Asked if he derived any consolation from getting on the scoresheet, Sigurdsson said: “No, we lost the game and lost badly.
“The positive thing is we have two more games this week. We must go into the next one with a bit of positivity and try to get something from the game. We have two very important games coming up now. We are playing at home and we need to get six points.
“It is hard to look at that (individual form) when you have lost 4-1 and the season is going the way it is going.
“You are just trying to get some momentum back for the team. We felt we were going in the right direction with a win and a draw (in the previous two Premier League games) so it is a big setback for us.
“But we have two games this week, so we need to focus on those and get a good performance.”