Date: 12th February 2016 at 5:37pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has held his pre Everton press conference today, and given the current state of play when it comes to the injury situation at the club.

Starting with injuries, carry quotes from the gaffer saying that Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Craig Dawson will all be assessed at the last possible minute ahead of the game at Goodison Park this weekend – but Gareth McAuley has already been ruled out having picked up a hamstring injury in the 19th minute of the FA Cup replay against Peterborough this midweek.

Callum McManaman also remains out for this match.

‘We have to deal with Everton, we know it’s going to be a tough game, they’ve hit a rich vein of form, but our concern is making sure we get a team on the pitch. We picked up some injuries again the other night, it’s just looking at the players who are available and trying to pick a team to get a result there. Evans and Brunt are getting closer – whether they’ll be close enough for that game, I’m not sure. McAuley definitely won’t play, Dawson will have a chance I think. But again, we have to speak to the medical people and see what they think.’

Looking at the opposition themselves, Pulis went on to say that he felt we did pretty well against them earlier in the season until it fell apart and they took victory despite being two nil down.

‘We did very well against Everton earlier in the season, played really well for about an hour. Then we conceded a goal and they ended up winning the game from being 2-0 down, which was really disappointing for us. They’ve got some fantastic players, it’s most probably the strongest Everton squad that the club has had for a long time. We know how difficult it’s going to be, they’re a good side and it’s going to be tough, but we have to go there and make sure we put a show on.’

To stand a chance of winning we need to be a little bit better in the final third up front to begin with.

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