Cyrus Christie is aware of the threat that Everton will pose considering their impressive results against Arsenal and Chelsea of late.
The Toffees come into the game on the back of three straight league wins, all against London Clubs, making the tie all the more challenging. The visitors sit ninth and one point from Leicester in seventh.
“It’s going to be tough. As you can see their results have picked up of late and they’re quite high in the table. They have some fantastic players and a great squad. Earlier on in the season they were a little more inconsistent.”
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s double sandwiched a Cenk Tosun strike back in September to spark a run of six straight defeats. The full back is aware that not taking chances has come at a cost this season.
“They have a great team and we did really well against them earlier in the season where it was the same old story. We didn’t take our chances and every chance they had went into the back of the net. We have to learn from that and take the game to them.”
The defensive shape has been under consistent scrutiny this season. The Republic of Ireland International is keen to address the frailties heading into the Championship next season.
“We need to defend well against Everton which has been the question mark this season. That goes through the whole team in defending from the front and the defending between the lines. We are at home and we need to take full advantage of that.
“Watford for us was one of those games that went against us. We had a bad ten minutes and suddenly we are out of the game. There have been games where we have been solid but those periods where we switch off. We have to look forward and build on solidity.”