Unsworth: Hard work's paying off

23 November 2017 07:03:30 EST

Everton's caretaker manager David Unsworth is determined to beat Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Toffees were thrashed 3-0 by the Serie A side in Italy two months agio and are unable to qualify for the last-32 stage of the competition after taking only one point from their first four Group E matches.

Unsworth has been in charge of the Everton team for five matches following Ronald Koeman's departure and still does not know whether he has a future at Goodison Park.

He said: "We want to win the game and we have prepared exactly the same as we normally would do. It is a game in which we represent Everton and, for me, that is really important.

"I can assure all the Everton fans that these players are working so hard, and have probably not worked as hard for a long, long time.

"I see that in the physical stats we are producing. These players are running harder and faster than they have all season.

"I have a way of playing, which demands a high tempo in training and maximum effort. I want to play in a certain way, with a certain type of pressing game."

Everton, 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, can be backed at 5/2 to beat Atalanta at Goodison Park while they are 12/1 to win the match from behind.

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