Jordan Pickford has explained why matches such as Everton's win over Southampton are actually the hardest for him to play in.

The goalkeeper came into Monday evening's game in high spirits after a brilliant performance in the recent 2-0 win at Anfield, and continued his strong form at Goodison Park.

The England No.1 dominated his penalty area throughout the game and produced a fantastic save in the closing stages of the match to deny Jannik Verstergaard's attempt - which was Southampton's only shot on target as they were beaten 1-0.

However, it's those matches in which concentration needs to be high throughout that Pickford regards as the most tricky.

He told evertonfc.com: “I was used a lot in possession. I didn’t have much work to do [in terms of making saves] until they pressed us in the final 20 minutes.

“That just shows I need to be focused and be ready for anything. As a keeper, they are probably the hardest games to play in.

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“You need to stay focused and you might only make that one save – but you have to make sure you do it. That just shows you the moment I’m in.

“To get a clean sheet and a win was massive. We know what a threat Southampton are. They put in a lot of set-pieces, with great deliveries.

“We knew they were going to put pressure on late in the game and we dealt with it well.”

Carlo Ancelotti's side secured their first home Premier League win since December on Monday evening to continue their push for European football.

Pickford believes that the performance of he and his Everton teammates shows the guts that are required to keep climbing the table as the focus quickly turns to a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

“Our home form hasn’t been great and against Southampton we needed to show character, bravery and guts,” he added.

“When you wear the Everton shirt, that just shows the pride and passion we’ve got as a unit and as a squad to go and get those points and keep climbing that table.

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“From Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] and Richarlison up front, it was all about hard work off the ball to give us the best opportunity for the win.

“We know what we are as a team and we know we’ll always need to keep improving and getting the best out of each other on the training pitch.

“And when it comes to matchdays, you see how much fight we have for each other to get those wins.

“We’ll now get prepared for Thursday against West Brom. That’s another massive game.

“We’re a couple of points off fourth now and we want to keep building that momentum towards the end of the season.”