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Tomkins Looking For A Reaction At Everton

18 October 2018

James Tomkins has called on his Palace teammates to kickstart the season with a big performance at Everton after the international break.

The centre-back, speaking in the build up to the game, hoped that the Eagles would be buoyed by the recent break in Premier League action, as they hope to move out from the shadow of consecutive defeats to Bournemouth and Wolves.

"I think we're looking forward to it in the sense that it's a chance to put things right after our last game against Wolves," he said of the Everton clash. "The international break, people sometimes say 'has it come at a good time?' But I think it's nice to have that rest early on in the season and hopefully we can put things right on Sunday."

"I think the Bournemouth game... A last minute penalty is not ideal and you lose a game like that, with a 'was it or wasn't it?' [it can be hard]. It's been a little bit of bad luck and a little bit of needing to do more against them and Wolves."

The Toffees sit in 11th place in the table and went into the recent break on an opposite run of two straight wins, after a mixed start to the campaign.

"It seems like they're a top team and they're going to be up there come the end of the season," said Tomkins. "It's going to be a tough game, for sure - like every game in the Premier League - it's always going to be tough, especially at Goodison."

They have only lost once at home so far this term, scoring in each of their four games there, which suggests Tomkins will have to be on high alert when the two sides meet on Sunday.

The 29-year-old has become a vital member of the Eagles' defensive unit and has helped to secure two clean sheets on the road this season, with both games resulting in three points.

"I enjoy it here" he added. "I enjoy playing for the manager, I enjoy the fans and all the lads are very good as well. I love being here. Hopefully I can keep playing week in week out and keep putting performances in for the team... That's the main thing!"

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