Arteta seeking home improvement

BY foxsports • February 3, 2011

Everton schemer Mikel Arteta knows David Moyes' side need to improve their home form if they are to climb the table.

The Toffees are normally strong at Goodison Park, but this season only three top-flight sides have worse home records.

Everton have been impressive away from home despite losing at Arsenal in midweek and the Spaniard now wants them to start picking up more results on Merseyside.

Moyes' troops host Blackpool this weekend and Arteta knows it is a huge game, a fixture they can ill-afford to lose if they intend to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.

"Our home form is not good enough," he told the Liverpool Echo. "We are one of the worst teams at home in the league this season and that tells you we have not been performing.

"But Saturday we will need to be patient. We want to win and we know the crowd want to win but it may not happen in the first 20 minutes. It is about the result at 90 minutes - not 20 minutes. We need them right behind us and we want them right behind us.

"It is a massive game," he added. "We need the points desperately. We need to be really consistent at home from now on. It is game on.

"They are a good side, they are not afraid of anyone, they are going to come and attack us so we have to make sure we are ready and get the three points."


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