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Sigurdsson puts struggles in past as goals start to flow

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

By Carl Markham

Everton's record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson admits he has failed to live up to expectations this season but believes he is now heading in the direction.

The £45million summer arrival from Swansea found it difficult to fit into his new surroundings with the team struggling and manager Ronald Koeman constantly under pressure until he was sacked on October.

However, after one goal in his first 16 matches he has five in his last 14, all-but-one of those under Sam Allardyce.

Sigurdsson scored the crucial opener in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace to ease some of the growing pressure and admits he and his team-mates still have plenty of improving to do.

"Of course a lot more was expected of myself and the team as well. We were underperforming," he said.

"I played pretty much all of the games on the left where I probably couldn't have shown as much as I wanted to.

"A goal and I want to claim the assist as well for Tom (Davies, scorer of the third) and I had an assist for Theo (Walcott) the other day.

"It has been good over the last couple of weeks so hopefully that continues."

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