Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says that the Toffees are battle ready for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Sunday.
Howard who has won just three derbies in his nine years at the club will hope to end a five-year hoodoo of not winning the Merseyside derby.
The Toffees’ last derby-day victory came against a Roy Hodgson-managed Liverpool in 2010, with Howard and co failing to win any of the subsequent 10 meetings.
However, the Everton believes that the Toffees are mentally prepared to break their duck against the Reds in front of home fans at the Goodison.
“We have to continue to concentrate on our performance,” Howard is quoted as saying by The Mirror. “Mentally, we’re resilient, we’re tough and the squad is as deep as it’s ever been.
“More so than ever, we’re ready to perform and get the win. But it’s every week we feel that way, and it’s not something that will change for us.”
The Merseyside derby on Sunday will be played at lunch time.