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Jags Buoyed By Resilience

Defender says expansive style means Blues are never beaten.

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Phil Jagielka believes Everton's expansive style of play means they are never beaten.

The Blues have fought back from a losing position in each of their last four Premier League outings, while Sunday's dramatic fightback in the 219th Merseyside derby was the first time Everton have overcome a two-goal deficit against Liverpool to secure a result.

The England defender admits the side's approach has led to them being more susceptible at the back and he is keen to ensure the side continues to work on finding the perfect balance between a solid defence and free-flowing, free-scoring attacking play.

But the emphasis for Jagielka is on fine-tuning.

He explained to evertontv: "We're scoring a lot more goals than we did last season, but from a defensive point of view, we've conceded more as well. We need to get the balance right.

"I'm sure the manager's not pleased with conceding, but it's always nice to look at the game if you do go behind - even two goals behind - you still fancy us getting a couple ourselves. We did knock on the door quite a few times to get a goal up (against Liverpool), but it didn't happen. On the whole, 2-2 was probably a fair result."

Sunday's valiant display ensured the Blues approach their 10th game of the campaign at Fulham this weekend having tasted defeat only once in the league this term and knowing a victory will put them in a strong position as they seek to return to the top four.

Jagielka believes that strong start to the season owes a great deal to the approach the side is taking to games - and the work being done on the training ground to ensure every player is given the opportunity to play to their strengths.

He added: "It's all about playing to your strengths. We give Steven Pienaar a lot of the ball to feet because he's a good technician. It's all about playing to each individual player, trying to find their strengths and a way for the team to play to them."

Pienaar is set to return to the squad for the trip to Craven Cottage after serving a one-game ban for his red card in Everton's draw at QPR.

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