'A matter of time' - Everton stalwart backs club to find form

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Tony Hibbert believes that Everton will hit top form soon, and is not concerned by their poor start.

Everton's Tony Hibbert is not concerned by the poor start that the Toffees have made to the Premier League season.

Roberto Martinez's side are firmly placed in the bottom half of the table, but Hibbert insists that it is only a matter of time before they come good. 

“We haven’t started the way we wanted to, but it will come," he insisted to Sky Sports. "We’ll click again.

“The games will come thick and fast again after the international break and we just need to get our confidence back and get going again.

“We just need a win. We’re not playing badly. We need to believe in ourselves more because we’ve still got the players we had last season. It’s only a matter of time.

“Hopefully after next weekend we’ll have some of the injured men back and then we’ll kick on.”

Everton raised expectations last season with a fine campaign, which saw them claim fifth place in the league.

After heavy investment over the summer, the Toffees were considered as potential top-four candidates, but their start has almost written off those chances already.

They have had a tough run of fixtures, but their form through them has still not been good enough - with a porous defence being a particular concern.

Their last match, against Manchester United was a fine example of their current problems, too.

Although their performance was credible enough to pick up at least a point, a profligacy in-front of goal and some suspect defending meant they left empty handed. 

It means that they had into the international break rather deflated and knowing that they must begin to improve when they return to action in two weeks' time.

Their next game comes against Aston Villa, who are also on a poor run of form, and Martinez will be hoping that their apparently encouraging performance start turning into three points during that fixture.  

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