Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell says his side must tighten up their defence if they're to improve on their stuttering home form.

The Toffees have won just two of their seven home league games at Goodison Park, having conceded the first goal in nine out of their 10 games in all competitions.

Rodwell featured for the first time since November in defeat to Stoke City after picking up a rib injury while on international duty, and the England midfielder hopes his side can stop the rot.

"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," he said.

"We conceded an unlucky goal, a deflection off a set piece and we've been working on set plays all week as obviously they are threatening so it's disappointing in that sense.

"We had a couple of chances where we didn't quite get the luck of the draw. 

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

"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," Rodwell said on his recovery. "But it would have been perfect if we'd got the win. 

"It was obviously disappointing to lose the game, on a day like that we wanted to give the fans something back to remember Gary Speed but it wasn't to be and we're all disappointed."

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