Pienaar staying positive
Steven Pienaar has insisted that Everton's confidence remains high despite a slow start to the season.
Last Updated: 13/09/10 2:30pm
Steven Pienaar has insisted that confidence remains high in the Everton camp despite a slow start to the season, and believes Saturday's dramatic draw with Manchester United could be a turning point.
Having impressed during the second half of last term and begun the new term with all their key players fit, the Toffees were tipped to mount a strong challenge for European qualification.
That has not been the case so far, with David Moyes' men collecting just two points from their opening four games to lie in the relegation zone at an early stage.
Everton almost fell to another defeat over the weekend but scored twice in stoppage time to remain unbeaten at Goodison Park since last November.
South African midfielder Pienaar believes such a remarkable late rally could provide a springboard for Everton to hit top form and quickly climb the table.
"It can definitely be a turning point," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"The comeback was amazing. For us it could be a big game, and as long as we keep the record of almost a year without a defeat at home we can go on.
"It's only four games gone and we have 32 left so let's hope and see.
"Our confidence hasn't been dented at all. We are all full of confidence."
Pienaar accepts the World Cup made things difficult for many players who returned to their clubs later than usual ahead of the new campaign.
"When you come back from pre-season and join a team late you have to catch up," he explained.
"But for me it wasn't really a matter of that, it was just getting fully fit by playing games.
"Even if I made mistakes I just had to improve, so by playing even for the national team it's helped me get sharper and get my confidence.
"I feel fit and that's so important because I'm enjoying my football."