Confidence Is Coming Back, Says Sigurdsson

by Adam Clark
@Everton

Gylfi Sigurdsson says back-to-back wins have got Everton’s confidence growing - but insists the Blues won’t be happy until they’re further up the table.

The Icelander netted the first goal as Sam Allardyce’s reign at Goodison Park began with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The victory, which followed Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United, moved Everton into the top half of the Premier League standings for the first time since September.

However, Sigurdsson now wants the team to build.

“The confidence is coming back,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.

“We got a good win on Wednesday and then backed it up today. I think with the wins, the goals and the clean sheets, things are hopefully starting to turn around.

“It’s incredible what can happen if you win two games on the bounce. We’re back in mid-table now but we’re not happy about being where we are - we want to improve.”

Sigurdsson was teed up for his 47th-minute opener by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who then got on the scoresheet himself 17 minutes from time.

The former Tottenham and Swansea man latched onto his younger teammate's inventive flicked pass before firing past Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

“I’m not sure if he meant it - he said he did so we’ll go with that,” Sigurdsson joked. “No, it was a good assist and it was nice to get the first goal, which set us up for the rest of the game.

“If you look at the result it was very good but I think we’ve got to give credit to Huddersfield. They were on top in the first half and I think started the second half a little bit better.

“But we got the goal, got a little bit of momentum, and then obviously got the very important second goal.”

Allardyce revealed he made a tactical switch at half-time, asking Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon to tuck in when Everton were on the attack, allowing the pair to stay further up the pitch and full-backs Jonjoe Kenny and Cuco Martina to get forward.

Sigurdsson believes the move led to him being in the right place to capitalise when his chance came along and praised the way his new manager got his wishes across, despite only taking charge of his first training session on Friday morning.

“His message got through today, especially at half-time,” he added. “It was very simple, very direct. We knew what we needed to change in the second half and I think it worked. 

“He told us to just get up the pitch a little bit. We were very deep in the first half and allowed them too much possession.

“He’s come in and been very positive, kept things simple, we know what’s expected of us, so I think it was a good result and he’s happy with the clean sheet and the three points.

“We can improve and we can perform better - particularly than we did in the first half - but it was a good start and we're pleased.

“The most important thing is to win football matches and, if we’re doing that, everyone will be happy.”

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