Thursday November 23 2017
Unsworth: ‘Everton won’t take it easy’

Everton manager David Unsworth says he’ll pick a “strong team” against Atalanta, even though they’re already out of the Europa League.

The Toffees can’t qualify for the Last 32 of the competition, while the Italian side will go through if they get at least a draw at Goodison Park tonight.

“We are going to pick a team to win, and we will pick a strong team and one we feel is the right team,” Unsworth said ahead of the match.

“We will be respectful to our fans because whoever turns up with our fans tomorrow, we put on the Everton shirt and be fully respectful of that so we will pick a team to win.

“We need to perform and we need to win. You’ve got to have those foundations and those building blocks and I think we have had that and got better each game.

“We have won a game and drawn a game and this is another game tomorrow night that we want to win. We represent Everton and every time you pull on that famous Blue shirt we have a responsibility to do that.

“We want to win the game and we go into the game preparing exactly the same. For me, it is not any different to a Premier League game, a cup game, it doesn’t matter. It is a game that we represent Everton and that is really important that we put on a performance and try to win.”