Toffees can take positives out of Werder defeat

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Everton assistant manager Steve Round was happy with his side's defensive display in the side's 1-0 pre-season defeat to Werder Bremen.

The Bundesliga side took the lead in the first half through Sandro Wagner, but a resolute Toffees display in the second period kept the German giants from extending their lead further.

Whilst Round believes the club need to find more of a cutting edge before the big Barclays Premier League kick-off in 10 days, the effort from the back four has provided the club with positives to build on.

"They are a good side, they play in a top league and are a little bit further ahead of us in many respects," Round told the club's official website.

"I thought we defended really well and I thought that both goalkeepers and the back four got a really good workout and we defended set plays really well which is important for us."

"But our attacking play wasn't quite there tonight, we didn't create enough chances and enough opportunities tonight and that gives us something to work on in the next 10 days."


The Merseysiders were missing midfield pair Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini for the penultimate game of pre-season, but the duo are set to join the rest of the squad for Villarreal's visit to Goodison Park on Friday.

David Moyes will get a final chance to put his side through their paces against the La Liga outfit, and Round believes that everything is coming together for August 13th, particularly the fitness of the players.

"We're at the stage where we are trying to get certain players 90 minutes and other players not so much because we're trying to protect them a little bit," he continued.

"But it was pleasing to come away with no injuries, and we roll on now to a home game on Friday which we're all looking forward to."

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