The former German international made his full debut at the Madjeski stadium as the Blues squandered a first half lead and a string of chances before the hosts hit back to record their first win of the season. A furious David Moyes said afterwards he was as angry as he had been at his side, and Hitzlsperger, 30, knows they must show significant improvement as West Brom overtook them in fourth spot in the Premier League table. Victory for West Ham over Stoke City tonight would see Everton slip back further to sixth, and even though there is plenty of the season remaining the midfielder hopes to help produce a reaction when Norwich come to Goodison on Saturday. He said:
“Maybe it was a bit of a wake-up call but we will see how we react against Norwich. We’ve got the quality and the character to bounce back but we’ve got to prove that. It’s disappointing and frustrating because it’s a game we should have won.
“We’ve had games before this season when we didn’t play well for 90 minutes but got the right result but we just didn’t finish the game off in the right manner.
“The first half we were in total control of the game and the gaffer told us at half time that we should have scored more goals. The chances we had we should have been more in front, and should have had a penalty with the hand ball. But nevertheless it was a completely different game in the second half, they took it at us and we were just defending and gave a lot of free kicks and corners away and that’s why we lost the game.”