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Full Debut Hitz The Spot

Midfielder pleased to put injury frustration behind him.

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Thomas Hitzlsperger admitted he was pleased to make his first Everton start on Saturday and put months of frustration behind him.

The former Germany international replaced Phil Neville for the Blues’ 2-1 defeat at Reading after the 35-year-old Club captain underwent a knee operation on Friday.

Hitzlsperger’s inclusion was reward for overcoming his own long-term injury problems and release by homeland club Wolfsburg at the end of last season.

And while the 30-year-old understandably felt disheartened by the result, his 81-minute run-out was a giant step towards rediscovering full match fitness.

“Personally, I was pleased to be in the team and to start the game but second half we just didn't show anything like we did in the first half and that's why we lost the game,” said Hitzlsperger, who also played five minutes at the end of Everton’s 2-1 win over Sunderland last weekend. “We gave away too many free-kicks, too many corners, and the set plays lost us the game.

“I wish we had won the game, it would have been a lot better, a lot sweeter. But I'm happy I've started the game today and hopefully there will be more starts for myself and more wins for the team.”

Despite taking the lead through Steven Naismith’s 10th-minute strike, the Blues were pegged back in Berkshire, ultimately succumbing to a second-half brace from Adam Le Fondre.

At 1-0, the visitors appeared to have two strong penalty appeals waved away – first when Naismith was challenged by Kaspars Gorkss, then when Sean Morrison looked to have handled in the box.

“I didn't see them but the lads saw them and said they were clear penalties,” revealed Hitzlsperger. “It's disappointing because I don't think that's the first time [this season].

“I think if we had scored a couple more goals in the first half, the game would have been over. But that shouldn't be an excuse. We definitely did not play well enough in the second half to win the game.”

ian clarkethought hitz looked the bizz and just in time to with injuries and suspensions , hope mirallas is fit for sat . coyb lets take it out on the canaries

Monday 19th November 09:22 Report Comment

steve rodwellThis guy will be back in the German squad next year... he is going to be immense with Felli and Osman. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Monday 19th November 01:18 Report Comment

Hugh DanielsWell done Hitz!!!Liked your shooting every chance you got - keep it up....COYB!!!!

Sunday 18th November 19:34 Report Comment
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