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Gibson's glad to be fit and back to his best

IRELAND midfielder Darron Gibson hopes that his injury nightmare is behind him and stresses that he's back to his best after a difficult spell in his career.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has expressed his delight in seeing Gibson perform in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Leicester City - due to injury the Derry native has played in just two of Everton's last 20 games.

"It's been frustrating because I had a good pre-season, but maybe it wasn't right and I wasn't fit enough when I came back in at the start of the season," says Gibson.

"Mentally, it was frustrating for me but I've worked hard and hopefully now that's me back to my best.

"It's the best I've felt in the last 18 months, so fingers crossed it can continue and it's good to be back. I want to play as many games as I can, every time I set a target or goal, I end up breaking down again so I'm just going to try and stay on the pitch for as long as I can."

Meanwhile, team-mate James McCarthy admits that current results at Goodison Park are not good enough.

"It has been a frustrating campaign, especially in the league. It's frustrating as a player. As a fan it's no good watching it either," says McCarthy. "We want to get maximum points at home. The fans have come out in their numbers and we are trying to kick up this table.

"Every one of us knows that we need to address this. We know it is not good enough,m the fans need to stick with us. I am sure we will bounce back."