Coleman: It's Up To Us To Perform

Seamus Coleman insists that he and his teammates know it is up to them to give Everton supporters a positive end to the 2017/18 season.

The right-back returned to the fold for the Blues’ trip to Burnley on Saturday, having missed last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Watford with a thigh problem.

It was his third appearance since making his comeback from the broken leg he suffered on duty for Republic of Ireland last March but the presence of the energetic full-back could not prevent Everton slipping to a 2-1 loss at Turf Moor.

Sam Allardyce's side will now turn their attentions to continuing their impressive home form for the visit of Brighton to L4 on Saturday, having collected 17 points from the past 24 available at Goodison.

The visit of Chris Hughton’s men will be the first of nine remaining games for Coleman and Co, with five at home and four away.

And the defender says a desire to give Evertonians more to cheer than they did in Lancashire will drive the team to improve their form.

“The fans travel all around the country supporting us and we know what it means to them,” said Coleman. “They are paying good money and it’s up to us to put in a performance for our home fans and then kick on and try to win away. The important thing is to win games.

“We understand their frustration but we need their support between now and the end of the season. I have no doubts we’ll get it because they’ve been fantastic and it’s up to us as players to make sure we perform.”

Everton’s defeat at Burnley came despite them taking a first-half lead through January arrival Cenk Tosun’s first goal for the Club.

Efforts from Clarets pair Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood did the damage after the break and Coleman said: “It’s difficult to understand. Obviously I’m just back in the team myself, this is my first away game since returning from injury but I don’t think any of the lads were thinking anything other than three points.

“You need a positive mindset but when they got their first maybe that’s when we need to stand up and be counted and get the second ourselves but that didn’t happen.”

Saturday’s game marked Coleman’s 250th outing in an Everton shirt and the man signed from Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in January 2009 is now looking to build on that tally over the remaining two months of the campaign as he aims to rediscover his very best form.

“I’m happy to be out there and I want to help the lads between now and the end of the season,” he said. “I’ve felt good in the games I’ve played. I just want to kick on now.”

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