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Everton defender Sylvain Distin enjoying club's new expansive approach

Sylvain Distin: Enjoying Everton's style of football

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Sylvain Distin is unconcerned by the fact that Everton are conceding more goals this season because he is encouraged by the quality of football the team are producing.

The Toffees had the third meanest defence in the Premier League last season but have managed just one clean sheet in their last six games, drawing 2-2 at Wigan last time out.

It hasn't stopped them getting results as a more expansive approach sees Everton sitting fourth in the table and Distin is enjoying developments at Goodison Park.

"Sometimes we are going to be able to try and play a bit like Barcelona, and I got stick for saying that before. But I really believe that sometimes we do play some really good football."

Sylvain Distin

"We're going to have to try and find different ways to play," the 34-year-old defender told the Liverpool Echo. "Sometimes we're going to be able to try and play a bit like Barcelona, and I got stick for saying that before.

"But I really believe that sometimes we do play some really good football. I'm not saying it's for the whole game but in spells it's amazing when Bainsey (Leighton Baines) and (Steven) Pienaar link-up.

"We've conceded a few lately but we're still doing OK at the back. People only remember the last goal we conceded or the one before but you have to look at the whole picture and how many the opposition conceded too.

"You play against top strikers. Look at Wigan - not a massive club with a lot of money but we still came up against two good strikers. That's the same week in week out. It's not just City, United and Chelsea.

"Can we do better? Yes - but I'm happy. We can never be perfect because perfection in football doesn't exist. For one or two games yes but only Arsenal went the whole season unbeaten and that only happened once.

"We just need to be consistent and keep scoring goals. Yes we want to be more settled at the back but if we're much more defensive, do we risk scoring less goals? That's the question. Can you have both?"