Mikel Arteta has expressed his delight after netting his first league goal since November 2010, to help Everton pick up their first points of the 2011-12 campaign in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

But the Spanish midfielder was quick to point out the importance of building early season momentum, in order for David Moyes' side to dispel their 'slow starters' tag - and is targeting a better team performance in the next game.

"The only positive we can take is that we took all three points, the performance wasn't good enough," Arteta told evertontv. "We conceded too many chances to the opposition and we were lucky to win the game.


 

"We knew it was going to be a physical game and most of the afternoon we couldn't handle the pressure. We needed the points, we know how important it is to get points early on in the season."

Blackburn missed two second-half penalties before Arteta successfully converted from 12 yards in stoppage time to give the Toffees all three points at Ewood Park.

"We haven't been able to do that in the last few seasons and so it takes a bit of pressure off," he continued. "It's two games in a row winning and we can take that positively.

"We've got a break now, two weeks with no football because of internationals but we must build on this and see how it goes."

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