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Home comforts can help Everton climb the table says Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson insists Everton's players are determined to arrest their slide towards the relegation zone with victories over West Ham and Huddersfield.

The Toffees are now just two points clear of the bottom three after they were beaten 4-1 at Southampton on Sunday.

Sigurdsson cancelled out Dusan Tadic's opener to give Everton hope of a rare positive result, only for a brace of Charlie Austin headers and a late Steven Davis strike to seal a comfortable win for Saints.

Caretaker boss David Unsworth has overseen just one win from his seven games at the helm since he was appointed to replace Ronald Koeman, who was sacked after an equally poor start to the campaign.

Everton now face two games in front of their own fans at Goodison Park, with fellow strugglers West Ham the opponents on Wednesday before Premier League new-boys Huddersfield visit at the weekend.

"All of the players are determined to turn this around," Sigurdsson said.

"We need a little bit of luck, we got back into the game but we need to make sure we take advantage of those situations.

"The positive thing is we have two more games this week. We must go into the next one with a bit of positivity and try to get something from the game.

"We have two very important games coming up now. We are playing at home and we need to get six points."

Sigurdsson hit a stunning equaliser at St Mary's as his effort on the stroke of half-time hit the crossbar and both posts before nestling in the back of Fraser Forster's goal.

But Everton's club-record signing admits he could take no enjoyment from his first Premier League goal since moving from Swansea in the summer.

"No, we lost the game and lost it badly," he said when asked if he took any consolation from his sublime strike. "It is hard to look at that when you have lost 4-1 and the season is going the way it is going. It is disappointing. I think we were lucky to get back in the game.

"At 1-1 at half-time I thought we could nick something but the performance in the second half was far from good enough."

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