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Everton notched their first win of the season on Saturday as they went to West Bromwich Albion and came away with a 2-0 victory. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas handed Roberto Martinez's side three points after the international break, and the Spaniard believes that the gap between fixtures helped his side.
"Sometimes it is good to stop because it can be a ruthless way of working in the league, so when you get an international break it is good," said Martinez. "We have been working with the players we have behind closed doors and it has been a really good period to look back on what we have achieved and where we are."
Now, Everton's attention turns to the Europa League. The Toffees face Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on Thursday, and goalkeeper Tim Howard is confident that the club can win some silverware this season - whether that is the FA Cup, the Europa League or the Capital One Cup.
"When I first came here nine years ago, it seemed like almost every year we were in Europe and it’s good to be back there," the American said. "Those evening games under the lights will be good for our fans and I don’t kid you when I say we are going to try and lift a cup this season. We don’t care whether that’s in Europe, the FA Cup or whatever – and we’re going to try and go well in the league too."
Meanwhile, former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu returned to Barcelona this summer after a successful loan spell on Merseyside, but was loaned straight back out to La Liga side Sevilla. Yet after limited first team action, reports today suggested that a return to Everton could be on the cards in January if the situation doesn't change.