By Dominic Toner

James Tomkins believes that Everton will be a difficult side to beat this season.

Everton recorded a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last Friday and are currently fifth in the Premier League table.

Palace defender Tomkins believes that his side did extremely well to earn a draw at Goodison Park.

The Belgian strikers Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke were on target for their teams as the points were shared.

Tomkins, 27, has claimed that most teams will struggle to get a result against the Toffees this campaign.

“We have had a good record at Goodison Park and I felt like we continued that,” Tomkins told the Croydon Advertiser. “I had a chance to put us ahead, and Damien’s (Delaney) header was ruled out for offside. Either way you look at the game, it’s still a point and that’s better than nothing.

“The character was massive. To go there and get a result, not many teams will do that this season.”

Ronald Koeman has had a positive impact on at the Merseyside club since his summer arrival.

The Dutch manager has managed to improve the club’s defence and they have conceded just five goals from their opening seven league games, a record only bettered by Tottenham.

Everton are proving to be effective under Koeman and are hopeful of challenging for a European spot.

The Toffees travel to the Etihad after the international break and will face league leaders Manchester City, which will give them the opportunity to see how far they have come.

In other Everton news, Steve Walsh has claimed that he urged Ronald Koeman to sign this midfielder in the summer.