Jack Rodwell wants Everton to stop going behind early on in Barclays Premier League games.

The Toffees have let in the first goal of the game nine times this season in thirteen fixtures, including in their 1-0 home defeat to Stoke yesterday.

Rodwell said: "It is becoming a bad habit, you don't want to concede at any time but to concede early doors you have to claw your way back into the game and it's always difficult.

"We wanted to give the fans something back to remember Gary Speed but it wasn't to be and we're all disappointed."

Robert Huth scored for Stoke from a corner after fifteen minutes, as he diverted Dean Whitehead's shot into the net and Rodwell was frustrated at the source of the strike.

He admitted: "We've been working on set plays all week as obviously they are threatening so it's disapointing in that sense.

"We put a few crosses in but we didn't manage to get a clear cut opportunity and that was disappointing."

The new England international was delighted to return to action though, after missing the past two games against Wolves and Bolton with a rib injury that he picked up whilst playing for his country.

He returned as a substitute on Sunday and said: "I've felt good, I've been in rehab for a couple of weeks with my rib and now I'm back into it which is pleasing. But it would have been perfect if we'd got the win."

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