The Toffees' centre-back was delighted with his side's clean sheet away to Arsenal, but admits they have to improve if they want to challenge for a place in the top four
The Toffees held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, and while the 30-year-old was pleased with their defensive display, he says they need to capitalise on any clean sheets they keep.
With tough games coming up against local rivals Liverpool and Champions League holders Chelsea, the defender admits getting maximum points in Saturday's match against Sunderland is vitally important.
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"We did that against QPR and coming [to the Emirates Stadium] is another very positive clean sheet, but it would have been nice to have nicked a goal and put them under some pressure.
"We've got to start turning these draws into wins if we are going to potentially challenge for the top four. Saturday [against Sunderland] is going to be a very important game and I'm sure the manager is looking forward to that now.
"Hopefully we can keep another clean sheets and score a goal or two. I saw little bits [of Sunderland's win against Newcastle] with it being on television. I hope they don't score as many worldies as they did in that game.
"It often happens when a new manager comes in and fortunes can turn around. With the character that Paolo Di Canio is, he's obviously got his players fired up and they did pretty well against Chelsea as well. It will be a really tough game."