SYLVAIN DISTIN is confident Everton will bounce back from their opening-day setback at Blackburn.
As Town supporters snap up tickets for the big Carling Cup second-round tie at Goodison a week tonight, the Toffees are focusing on Saturday’s second Premier League engagement of the season with Wolves at the famous Merseyside venue.
David Moyes’ men lost out to Niko Kalinic’s goal at Ewood Park – it was gifted as goalkeeper Tim Howard made a rare blunder – but French defender Distin reckons he and his teammates will respond positively.
“I’m not going to start doubting now – definitely not. If we win this weekend everyone will forget we had a bad start,” said the former Manchester City and Portsmouth player.
“The most important thing is to have a good reaction at home. We have to, we have no choice.
“It wasn’t a good start but it is just a start so we’re not hung up on it. We are disappointed but we know what we have to do.
“It’s not like we don’t have the quality, and we need new players. It’s all there but it’s just time to get it together.
“Everybody is looking forward to proving this was just a blip. We just have to change one or two little things and get to Goodison. We’ll be okay.”
The 32-year-old centre-back says Everton must adapt to playing the top flight’s more physical sides.
“Neither side created that many chances but we really didn’t put them in any dangerous positions. Obviously that made life easier for them.
“They play on their strengths and who can blame them for that? It got them three points. They did it well. But the problem is how we played and how we created so few chances.
“There were a few positives, the way we defended as a team was good. It’s just getting it right in the last third but that will come. We’ve seen it was there before and will get it right.”
Distin is confident Tim Howard in particular, will be able to put the frustration of defeat at Ewood in the past.
He said: “It’s football. The game is made with mistakes and we all make them. It doesn’t make you a bad player, and Tim has saved us so many points and goals.
“It would be ridiculous to jump on his back and blame him for that. We are a team and we win and lose as one.
“I told him to put it behind him and carry on. It has happened to me before, and will happen to me again.”
It’s Town’s first meeting with Everton since a two-legged clash at the same stage of the same competition in 1998-99.
Wayne Allison was on target in a 1-1 first-leg stalemate at the Galpharm and Marcus Stewart gave Town an early lead in the second leg before the Toffees hit back to win 2-1 through Olivier Dacourt and Marco Materazzi.
Town’s last competitive meeting with Premier League opposition was at Chelsea in the first round of the FA Cup in 2007-08, when Andy Ritchie’s side, who had earlier knocked out Birmingham, lost 3-1.