Coleman: We're ready for Artificial Pitch.

Everton will be playing on an artificial pitch at Stade de Suisse and Séamus Coleman admits pre-match preparations will help the team adjust when the game gets going.

Roberto Martinez's team will be looking to respond with a win over BSC Young Boys in the first leg of the knock-out stage in the Europa League, after the Blue half of Merseyside were defeated by Premier League leaders Chelsea [with Willian scoring the only goal late on in the game at Stamford Bridge].

However, Toffees fullback Coleman who is fully focused on their match against the Swiss side, admits they are ready to face Uli Forte's team on Thursday night.

“We've been to a local artificial pitch to get used to the surface and hopefully that will help us to settle into the game quickly on Thursday," the 26-year-old told Everton website.

“We're obviously not that used to playing on those types of surfaces, but I've played a game for Republic of Ireland against the Faroe Islands in the last qualifying campaign. It is different - but once we get going, hopefully everyone can settle into it and we can get a positive result.

“[Training on an artificial pitch] has helped us get used to what we're going to be facing in terms of the bounce of the ball and little things like that. We will have a night of training on the pitch before the game as well, so hopefully we'll be used to it and there won't be any excuses.”

The Irish international also hopes to see a lot of Everton fans at the Stadium supporting the Blues all through the tie.

“The fans always travel very well in the Premier League and in Europe - and they make plenty of noise," he said. "It's up to us to get them singing for the full game on Thursday because that can definitely help us.”

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