Before each home game, Eagles skipper Scott Dann previews his side's upcoming match in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the visit of Everton.
Last weekend saw me return to action against West Ham United after a hamstring injury, and I’m pleased to have come through that unscathed.
I was touch and go to make that game as I didn’t train until the Friday before, so that was the reason why I wasn’t involved against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday. It was probably too much of a risk to play two games in such a short space of time, however apart from that it’s all good and I’m feeling OK now.
Obviously the result at the London Stadium wasn’t what we were expecting and anyone not at the game looking at the scoreline thinks they’ve run away with it, but I didn’t think that was the case. Up until the goal there was nothing in it and we shaded the first half, however once they scored the game opened up a little bit and we conceded another couple of goals. We need to get better at staying in the game, and that’s something we need to learn from.
The run of world-class goals also going in against us continued when Andy Carroll scored the second, which sums up our luck a little at the moment. It was an unbelievable finish but we would like to think that we could have stopped things before that point, but once it gets to that stage you can’t take anything anyway from him - he probably won’t score a better goal.
Despite not being on the pitch, I was at the Bolton game on Tuesday and was delighted with the win. Even though it was against a League One team, it should give us a bit of confidence going into today’s game. Obviously the team was changed quite a bit but the overall feeling of getting that victory should give us a boost, as well as Christian getting a couple of goals which was nice to see.
Speaking of goals, I would like to think I’m due one soon. I haven’t scored since the first few weeks of the season so it’s something I’m looking to do soon, but I’d much prefer to keep a clean sheet before then. If I can pop up and get on the scoresheet though, that would be a help obviously.
I’ve got a good record of scoring against Everton but they’re a good team who have got a new manager and new players. Last week they got a great result against Manchester City, but we’re at home and coming off the back of a win ourselves so we’ll have a bit more confidence going into the game, and we need to put in a strong, committed performance to get the win.
It’s been good to welcome Jeffrey Schlupp to the club recently. He’s been at Leicester so hopefully the feeling and experience he’s got from winning the Premier League last season can be a boost to us.
I’ve played against him quite a lot and he’s direct, a really good athlete and is strong and quick, so hopefully he can add a lot of experience and quality to the changing room and be a good player for us.