Boss: Make Home Advantage Count
But Moyes warns West Brom will be a 'tough nut to crack'.
David Moyes has urged to his players to make the most of home advantage and finish January with a flourish against West Bromwich Albion.
The Blues are unbeaten since the turn of the year and are now presented with the chance to improve that record with back-to-back home games within the space of four days.
Everton tackle Steve Clarke's side on Wednesday evening before returning to Goodison Park on Saturday to face Aston Villa.
While the Toffees welcome the two Midlands clubs to Merseyside, Tottenham, who sit three points above the Blues in fourth, are faced with tough-looking away trips to Norwich City and the Baggies' own home, theHawthorns.
“We have worked hard to be in this strong position in the Premier League,” Moyes said. “We are slightly disappointed that we drew the last two games but, in the same breath, it has not put us in any worse position.
“We have now got a couple of home games and we have to try and take advantage of it. We have to try and pick up the points, but West Brom are a tough nut to crack.
“They are one of only three teams that have beaten us this season and Steve Clarke has done a really good job.
“If anyone is turning up thinking it’s going to be a foregone conclusion then they are quite a bit off the mark.”
The Blues were edged out 2-0 in the fixture at the Hawthorns in September as two late goals by Shane Long and Gareth McAuley swung the game in Albion’s favour.
Moyes believes that result highlights why Everton must view their recent stalemates against Swansea City and Southampton as two points gained rather than four dropped.
“Those draws don’t really frustrate me because you are going to have results like that. It’s part of the season,” continued Moyes
“We could have lost against Southampton and we could have lost against Swansea. We wanted to win them but we didn’t get the goals.
“The game was tight down there [at the Hawthorns] and it was nil-nil up until about 70 minutes. We also tried to win it and ended up losing it. That’s why when you talk about the draws [against Swansea and Southampton], sometimes they aren’t too bad.
“We have to keep ploughing on and keep picking up the points. January is a long, hard month which it has proved to be.
“Once we come out of this month, we can see where we have got to go.”
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