We make a return to Premier League action 10 days after our 1-1 draw against West Ham United at Wembley, a night when both qualities were very much in evidence as we fell behind against the Hammers but kept playing our football with the belief that we would be able to get a result.
That patience paid off when Heung-Min Son smashed home from 25 yards to earn a point in the London derby and Ben feels the visit of Sam Allardyce’s side will require that same mentality.
“We haven’t had a league game for over a week now and it feels quite strange after that busy spell, but it’s one we’re looking forward,” said the Welsh international. “Everton have picked up their form since the start of the season and we know it’s going to a tough one.
“Sam Allardyce is a proven manager and has shown what he can do at every club he’s been at this level. He can make a side very difficult to beat and he’s done that already with Everton.
“It’s a results-based game of course and if they come here, keep it tight and make it difficult for us, then we have to adapt to that, we have to be patient and be ready so that when the chances arrive, we make sure we take them.
“But let’s not forget that Everton have a lot of quality players in their squad and I’m sure they’ll want to get the ball down, move it forward quickly when they can and try to put us on the backfoot.
“Of course, they will be solid at the back too so we’re expecting a tough game, we know what we’ll be up against and we know it will be very different to the away fixture at the start of the season.
“It’s very much about having that belief in our football, whatever is happening in the game itself. A lot of teams have come to Wembley this season and sat back against us, made us wait for the breakthrough.
“We’ve had to be patient and sometimes it hasn’t come or we haven’t got the result we wanted. Games like this are a test and we’re ready.”