Gylfi Sigurdsson says in-form Everton can look forward to the busy Christmas period with confidence at a high after stretching their unbeaten run to six matches with a 3-1 win over Swansea at Goodison.
The playmaker produced the standout moment of the match when he put the Blues ahead against his former club on 64 minutes.
Cutting inside from the left, the Club’s record signing hit a sweet 20-yard drive into the top corner to give the Toffees a lead they never looked like relinquishing.
Despite falling behind to Leroy Fer’s 35th-minute opener, Everton fought back through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, before Sigurdsson and a Wayne Rooney penalty put them in full control to move up to ninth in the Premier League.
The triumph makes it five wins and a draw since Sam Allardyce was appointed Toffees manager. And Sigurdsson believes the Blues can now go into a Christmas schedule which takes in home matches against Chelsea and Manchester United – with trips to West Brom and Bournemouth – full of confidence, with the target to keep on improving.
“We were really flat in the first half, there was not enough energy about us but I thought second half we got on the front foot,” said Sigurdsson. “Obviously it was nice to get the second goal, it gave us confidence going into the last 30 minutes. I thought we controlled it after going 2-1 up.
“We knew they would keep the ball really well because they always do but it was more down to us being poor in the first 40 minutes, not like ourselves but we raised it in the second half and I thought we deserved it in the end.
“We are defending better as a team, all the way from the front. We knew that if we won a couple of games the confidence would come back and that’s happened. Now we’re looking forward to the Christmas period and to continue to improve.”
Asked if he knew his pinpoint effort was goalbound from the moment his shot left his right boot, Sigurdsson added: “Yes, but I know Fabianski is a good keeper! I connected with it really well and the ball managed to squeeze past him and it came at a good time as well.
“It was a strange feeling playing against (my former club) but it’s good for us, puts us in ninth and it was an important three points after an important few weeks.”