LEON OSMAN has warned his Everton team-mates to be wary of an Aston Villa backlash.
The Toffees travel to Villa Park on Sunday in search of their first Premier League win of the season, but face opponents still smarting after their 6-0 thrashing last Sunday and last night’s Europa League exit.
Villa are in disarray after the exits of manager Martin O’Neill and midfielder James Milner, but Osman stressed the blues still face a tough test from a side that finished sixth last season.
The 29-year-old said: “That results they had this week probably makes it more difficult for us.
“They will be a bit wounded and will want to come out and show it was a one-off. We are going in there confident and hopefully we can come away with the right result. It has not been the perfect start so the sooner we put that right the better.”
Osman admitted the Toffees have not had the perfect start to the season, but said the competition for places in the current squad will ensure nobody loses heart.
He said: “Any team just wants to get that first win under their belts. We’ve done that now so we can look onwards and push on.
“The Blackburn and Wolves results were frustrating but the season is still young - we are not losing our heads at the minute.
“It is not the perfect start we wanted but we have got a lot of games to put that right in.
“It’s a headache he (Moyes) wants. We are all firing and all scoring and popping up with performances.
“It’s a great credit to the players that we are all fighting to get in that starting XI. It is quite a big squad and we are starting to get it together here now.
“Everyone wants to be in that starting XI - that is a nice thing to have and hopefully that will push us on.”
Meanwhile Louis Saha has been called up to the France squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belarus and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc has opted for Saha, as the French prepare for the double-header next month, taking on Belarus on September 3 and Bosnia four days later.
Another player making a return to a blue shirt is Lee Carsley. The hugely popular midfielder, currently at Coventry City, has accepted an invitation to play for The Toffees in Jamie Carragher’s testimonial game at Anfield on Saturday September 4.
The midfielder is fondly remembered for his winning Merseyside derby goal in 2004 at Goodison Park and he admitted that he can’t wait to wear the royal blue jersey again.
He said: “I was delighted to be asked.
“Everyone knows how much I loved it at Everton and although this is a friendly match, it will be terrific to be involved again.”