Stracqualursi now settled
Everton striker Denis Stracqualursi admits his confidence has been boosted by his recent run of goals after taking time to adapt.
Last Updated: 20/02/12 2:28pm
Everton striker Denis Stracqualursi admits his confidence has been boosted by his recent run of goals after taking time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
The Argentinian joined the Toffees on loan from Tigres before the close of the summer transfer window and endured a quiet first half of the campaign.
However, he has started the club's last five matches, scoring three goals, and was delighted to help Everton beat Blackpool 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.
"When I first got here, it was difficult to adapt to the different style of football," said Stracqualursi.
"But now I'm getting games and getting time, I'm scoring goals and that's the main thing for a forward.
"I'm very happy with the goal. It's very important for forwards to score goals for confidence. The main thing, though, is that we won. It's a team effort."
The atmosphere at Everton has been transformed over the last six weeks and, even though injuries continue to be a problem for Moyes, the team remain on an upward curve.
Due to Liverpool's involvement in Sunday's Carling Cup final, the Merseyside derby scheduled for the weekend has been put back so the Toffees do not have a match now until the trip to QPR on March 3.
However, Stracqualursi insists they cannot afford to allow the untimely break to interrupt their momentum.
"It is a bad thing, although in a way it could be a good thing for the players who are injured to recover," he told evertontv.
"But the next time we play we need to put the same effort in and keep on going.
"There's a lot of confidence in the team and we need to keep it up and take it into the next games."