Fit-Again Patterson Outlines Target

Nathan Patterson is targeting more minutes and a pair of strong performances to help put Everton in the best possible position heading into the World Cup break.

The 21-year-old full-back made his second consecutive substitute appearance for the Blues at the weekend after recovering from an ankle injury sustained while on international duty for Scotland in late September.

Patterson admits there was a collective disappointment in the dressing room following the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City, with the Blues unable to replicate the same level of performance produced in the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace last time out on home soil.

But, he insists, a double-header against Bournemouth - first in the Carabao Cup this evening, followed by a league encounter on Saturday - provides an ideal opportunity to get back on track.

"We’re disappointed with the result but hopefully we can pick ourselves up and look forward to the upcoming games," Patterson told

"You want the next game to come around as quickly as possible so you can try to make it right and get a better performance.

"We wanted to come here and give the fans something to cheer about. We didn’t manage to do that but we’ll go back to the training ground, regroup and look forward to the next games.

"I’m feeling a lot better. My ankle feels strong. I rolled it a wee bit but it seems to be fine, so I‘m just looking forward to the games and hopefully I can get more minutes.

"We just need to stick together, keep the togetherness in the changing room, work hard in training and make sure we get a win in the next game."