Everton’s impressive home form can provide the backbone to a strong end to the season, says Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Blues have been showing European form at Goodison Park of late, collecting 17 points from a possible 24 since Sam Allardyce watched on from the stands as the Toffees beat West Ham United 4-0 back in November.
From being two points off the relegation zone before that meeting with the Hammers, Everton now sit just two off seventh-placed Burnley.
In that time, the Blues have only conceded four goals from open play and Sigurdsson insists that if the team can carry that on, they can end the season on a high.
“Since Sam has come in, we have been more consistent, even though we have had a couple of disappointing results against Tottenham and Arsenal,” he said. “We need to keep up that consistency, particularly in the last couple of home games. If we can do that, we will have a fine end to the season.
“Winning two out of our last three games is not too bad. We won both of our home games, which is good, and we have been strong at Goodison. We have got some important games coming up over the next month or so and we need to make sure we keep winning.
“We are looking up, but we have been doing that all season. The focus at the moment is picking up as many points as we can and, of course, climbing up the table.
“You always want to finish on a high and play well but that applies to any point in the season. But after the start we made this year, we want to finish strongly so we will try and set ourselves up to do that.”
Sigurdsson himself is also coming into some excellent form of late. After setting up Theo Walcott in the 2-1 win over Leicester City recently, the 28-year-old netted his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring against Crystal Palace on Saturday before laying on Everton’s third goal for Tom Davies in the 3-1 win.
Davies is one of 13 players aged 21 or under to be used by Allarydce this season, a third of the 35 players to have turned out under the Blues boss during his tenure.
It was Sigurdsson’s cut-back that allowed the 19-year-old to smartly volley home and the Iceland international is looking to carry on providing goals for the team.
“I put pressure on myself,” he added. “A lot more was expected of myself and the team. We were underperforming.
“But it has been good for me over the last couple of weeks. I managed to score on Saturday and I am claiming that assist for Tom! I also assisted Theo against Leicester City. Hopefully that will continue.”