Schneiderlin Hails Blues' Defensive Improvements

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Morgan Schneiderlin says Everton’s resilience will serve them well as they look to continue climbing the Premier League table.

The Blues demonstrated plenty of grit, determination and a never-say-die attitude to help gain a point at Anfield in Sunday's Merseyside derby, with Wayne Rooney’s penalty earning them a share of the spoils following Mohamed Salah’s opener.

That 1-1 draw saw the Toffees hold onto 10th spot in the table and with another chance to pick up further points against Newcastle United on Wednesday, Schneiderlin hopes the defensive improvements made by the Blues continue serving as a platform for their attacking talent.

“You could see in the first half of the season we conceded a lot of goals, so now it’s a sign of being a lot more compact,” he told evertontv. “Sam Allardyce is very focused on bringing clean sheets. We are going to try to play good football but we are also looking to keep a clean sheet [each game].

“For the moment it is very good but we have to keep going because, as you could see a few weeks ago, everyone was a bit scared. Now everyone is happy so we know football can change very quickly. It is up to us that in a few weeks from now, we are looking forward and not down.”

Midfielder Schneiderlin has had to be content with cameos off the bench in Everton’s past two Premier League fixtures, although he did captain a young Blues line-up against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.

While the 28-year-old wants to play as much as he can, he is focused only on making sure he is ready for whenever Toffees boss Allardyce calls on him.

“I know my quality and I know what I do every day to be the best I can be,” he added. “I knew my chances would come and I want to be ready for whenever the manager asks me to play.

“I was very happy to be part of the team that drew 1-1 at Anfield. From my point of view I just want to carry on, play as many games as possible and help bring this club forward.”

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