Everton captain Phil Jagielka looking to learn from European exit

Everton captain Phil Jagielka

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Everton captain Phil Jagielka is determined that his side learn from their Europa League exit and finish the season on a positive note.

The Toffees were knocked out of Europe on Thursday night after losing 5-2 to Dynamo Kiev in the Ukraine and 6-4 over the course of the two legs.

The Merseyside club must now turn their attention back to domestic duties, where they are still not guaranteed survival in the Premier League with just nine games left to play.

Next up for Roberto Martinez’s side is a trip to take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday and Jagielka is determined they bounce back from their European heartache and show that they have learned from the mistakes they made in the Ukrainian capital.

He said: “A lot of our lads haven’t played many European games, so we will have to try and use the experience to help us progress. We won’t be in Europe next season, so we need to use this to finish the season strong and start the season much better next season.”

The 32-year-old revealed that Everton are desperate to put in a performance against Rangers as they aim to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time since October.

He continued: “We had a long journey home, and it always seems that we then have an away game after a long journey, but we have to deal with that, and we are desperate to put on a better performance on Sunday.”

The Toffees are slight favourites to defeat the Hoops at 2.21 with the home side available at 3.13. The draw is on offer at 3.35.

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