Phil Jagielka offers his thoughts on Everton's fixtures, and importance of momentum

Jagielka is hoping for a good start to Everton's Premier League campaign this time around.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has told the club's website that he is hoping the Toffees can get off to a better start to the Premier League season than last time. 

At the start of last season, Everton faced new boys in Leicester City before playing Arsenal and Chelsea - and only took two points from their opening three games. They seemed to falter as the games went on, while they had difficult trips to both Liverpool and Manchester United shortly after during a poor opening.

When it comes to the season ahead, Jagielka told the club's official website: “It’s been an interesting glance at the fixtures but it will all settle down and we need to make sure we have a better start points-wise.

“I think we played okay [at the start of] last season but we just didn’t get the points we deserved. We need to make sure we come away from the first month with a few more points, get that momentum going as early as possible in the season.

“Once you gain the momentum you know what can happen, so that will be our main aim – to start positively and kick it through for the rest of season.”

This time around, Everton host Premier League new boys Watford before they face another difficult run of fixtures against Southampton, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea which will prove to be a real test for Roberto Martinez's men early on in the season. 

If Everton were to take 10 points from their opening five games it would represent an excellent start to their campaign, as they look to have a season more like the first campaign under Roberto Martinez, rather than their latest campaign where they struggled during patches in the season which resulted in a bottom half finish. 

It seems as though Everton's opening game of the season against Watford is a must win if they are to build up any kind of early season momentum.

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