Defender eager for team to bounce back
Sylvain Distin has urged Everton to bounce back from losing their unbeaten run when the Premier League resumes at the weekend.
The current international break has meant Roberto Martinez’s side have been out of action since the Spaniard suffered his first top-flight reverse as Goodison manager in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City 10 days ago.
Everton host promoted Hull City on Saturday aiming to extend a home record that has seen them lose just one of their last 30 home Premier League games.
And Distin is eager for a reaction with the controversial manner of Everton’s Etihad loss still lingering.
“It’s another big game but I’ve always said there is no one game that is more important than another one in the Premier League,” said the French centre-back. “They are all very important.
“We want to do well at home. We have to catch up after the defeat against City so I hope there is a big turn-out at Goodison.”
The visit of Hull will be only Everton’s sixth home game this calendar year to kick-off at the traditional time at 3pm on a Saturday.
And Distin added: “To me, 3pm seems to be the normal time and I have to say I don't really like it when we play earlier or later than three.
“I have my own habits – when I wake up, when I eat, when I do this, when I do that – and I just enjoy it when the game is at 3pm.
“I think the fans are the same. Everyone has their own habits and their own way to do certain things before the games and it changes everything when you're playing later or earlier.”
Meanwhile, Everton manager Martinez has been among the many callers to congratulate Romelu Lukaku on reaching the World Cup.
The striker, on a season-long loan at Goodison from Chelsea, scored twice against Croatia to seal Belgium's place in Brazil on Friday, while a win over Wales this evening will see his country rise to fourth in the FIFA world rankings.
And Lukaku said: “My coach phoned me. He told me I had played well and I had to keep this form going as long as possible.
“He is always telling me that I still need to improve a lot.
“It has not stopped since Friday. The phone calls, the texts, the emails and social networking.
“There are still 40 texts that I have not read. I am going to try to reply to everyone but it is not easy to find the time.”