Determined Cenk Tosun says scoring his first Everton goal against Burnley on Saturday has given him a huge boost in confidence.
The Turkey international emphatically headed home the opener at Turf Moor to complete a fine team move involving Club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, fellow January arrival Theo Walcott and the fit-again Seamus Coleman.
And while the eventual 2-1 defeat against the Clarets made it a bittersweet afternoon for the German-born 26-year-old, he is adamant getting off the mark is a positive sign of things to come.
“I’m very disappointed because of the result but I am also happy because of the goal,” Tosun told evertonfc.com
. “I will keep working and hopefully will score in the next game [against Brighton] as well.
“It’s good for my confidence because England is a tough league. It was not easy to settle in here but now I feel better, I feel sharper and I hope I will play better and score more goals in the next few weeks.
“In the first weeks it was difficult for me but now I feel more used to it and it’s getting better all the time.”
A bright first 45 minutes for the Blues in Lancashire was undone by goals from Ashley Barnes and substitute Chris Wood as seventh-placed Burnley turned the game on its head after the break.
Tosun agreed with manager Sam Allardyce that the visitors ultimately paid the price for not capitalising on their early momentum
but said the focus will now be firmly on getting back to winning ways against Brighton next weekend.
The Blues have taken 17 points from the last 24 available at Goodison Park and will be looking to chalk up a third straight home victory against the Seagulls.
“We started well, we scored the first goal, and maybe after the first goal we could have scored the second and third,” said Tosun.
“We couldn’t score it and after half-time Burnley put pressure on us and deserved their goals.
“It was not our best performance but we will keep working on it, forget this game and just focus on the Brighton game.
“We had a lot of chances, in the first half especially, and that is the positive we can take.
“We were more effective in the final third but we have to work hard to finish those chances more often.”