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Striker explains why Everton are loving life on the road.
Victor Anichebe believes Everton can play to their full potential away from home because teams feel forced to come out and attack them.
David Moyes’ men are undefeated in five on the road and could rack up a fourth successive away win with victory at Southampton on Monday.
A goalless draw with Swansea saw two home points dropped last weekend however, with Michael Laudrup’s side seemingly having travelled with the intent of frustrating the Goodison Park faithful.
Anichebe points out opponents find themselves under increased pressure to perform at home – opening up opportunities for Everton’s attacking verve to truly come to the fore.
The Nigerian, who has scored in each of the Blues’ last three away victories, including a winner at Newcastle, told evertontv: “If you look at the game at St James’ Park, away from home we’ll get opportunities to attack, we’ll be passing it, getting it on the counter attack and we will go and create chances.
“At home it’s a bit different. At home teams are coming to us, showing us a lot of respect now. They’ve obviously shown us respect in the past but now they’re coming in and thinking, ‘ah, we’ve got Everton’. And this sitting and defending, it’s quite difficult sometimes to break teams down.
“I think Chelsea are finding the same at the moment. They came away [from Goodison] with a great result but then they find it difficult at home because teams are coming not really attacking so much and playing more of a game plan.
“But hopefully we can get it all together, keep doing well like we are and hopefully we can go to Southampton and get a good result.”
Manager David Moyes is again expected to be without right-back Tony Hibbert and midfielder Darron Gibson, with the duo suffering from calf and thigh problems respectively.
A persistent hamstring complaint means winger Kevin Mirallas has featured only once since mid-November but full-back Seamus Coleman has returned to the fray in recent weeks following his own injury lay off.
Anichebe senses his absent teammates are edging ever closer to first-team returns and understands that could be crucial in the Club’s search for European qualification.
“We’re doing really well at the moment and it’s a big positive that we’re getting some of our injured players back,” he said. “When Kevin comes back, when Gibbo comes back, Hibbo’s still out - we’ve got a few big players out.
“Hopefully if we can get them back it’ll add another boost for the squad.”