Phil Jagielka faced the cameras after today's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, Everton's third Premier League defeat in a row, but the downcast skipper could find few silver linings from a highly disappointing display.
Anthony Martial capitalised on sloppy defending by Seamus Coleman in the 54th minute to slam home what proved to be the winner and though Jagielka powered a header off the crossbar soon afterwards and was denied a late goal by David de Gea, the Blues were anaemic overall.
“Definitely,” a visibly dejected Jagielka said to Sky Sports after the game when asked by Geoff Shreeves if the Toffees' dressing room was deflated. “You come to a place like Man U and your goalkeeper hasn't really (had) too much to do and you end up losing 1-0, it's a little bit of a frustrating one.
“But we've got to try and pick ourselves up now. We're on a bit of a disappointing run at the moment and the only way we can correct that is by looking forward to the next game.
“We didn't really take our chances. Obviously my one hit the bar and then there's a cross that takes a slight knick, we failed to defend it properly and, unfortunately, they had Martial as the right man at the right time to slot it home.”
Asked by Shreeves how Everton can turn their poor run of League form around, Jagielka was left searching for answers, although he suggested that some players will need to raise their performances between now and the FA Cup semi final in three weeks' time because places aren't guaranteed.
“I don't know,” he replied. “We need to keep playing to our strengths and try to find some confidence.
“We've got some big games coming up even before the semi-final and I've said before that if you want to play in the semi, you have to make sure your form's pretty decent so there's a lot to play for between now and then. It's up to us as players to turn this run of losses into something better.”
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1 Posted 04/04/2016 at 06:08:39
Playing countless hopeful long balls up to Lukaku something that has never been his strength, playing Barkley out of his position when he's been playing so well in No 10 position, playing Lennon out of his position and in a position where he doesn't have the tactical awareness or the skills to contribute meaningfully in a game these things are costing us game after game.
And when you add his inability to organize a defence properly, it's no coincidence that we're lying behind Tony Pulis's West Brom!
2 Posted 04/04/2016 at 06:18:43
At least I was pleased to see the press starting to show signs of questioning Martinez's tenure at the club last night. TalkSport in particular seem to have realised the fans have turned against him. It was interesting to note that the majority of fans polled by them were in favour of Pellegrini as a replacement for Martinez, not a name that's been too popular here on TW. Having said that, my poorly epileptic dog could probably do a better job than Martinez.
There were definite signs in yesterday's second half that it appeared things,had been said at half time and most of the team looked like they simply didn't want to do it for Martinez any more. I hope that's true as let's not forget it was player power that effectively cost Mourinho the job at Chelsea.
We do need some signs of fan revolt at our remaining games too. The board have to be dragged into the real world and made to realise the strength of felling against Martinez who is rapidly becoming one of the most hated managers I can remember in 57 years of supporting our great club.
3 Posted 04/04/2016 at 07:38:51
Jags you had a decent game yesterday but please don't insult our intelligence even more than you have already.
4 Posted 04/04/2016 at 07:43:36
Would love to be a fly on the wall in the dressing room (but not in a pervy way)...
5 Posted 04/04/2016 at 08:36:14
Got to be better than the joker in charge at the minute.
6 Posted 04/04/2016 at 08:46:12
7 Posted 04/04/2016 at 09:25:45
8 Posted 04/04/2016 at 09:34:55
Under Moyes he was allowed to defend and play in a defence that had a backbone to it, be it partnering Distin or the then immense Joleon Lescott in 2008-09.
These days, it's like a circus act watching the team trying to defend under the orders of the man who won't learn.
9 Posted 04/04/2016 at 09:54:02
The defending, overall, was OK yesterday, but their goal was easily avoidable, and scored at a time when Everton were starting to lose momentum, as we do a lot because some of the players are not in good enough condition, and appear not to be able to rescue games from a losing position.
10 Posted 04/04/2016 at 10:03:53
11 Posted 04/04/2016 at 12:06:19
Bring Moyes home and sure up the defence and actually get the players fit again (how many times this season has the players tank been empty by the 80th minute?!) and at least Moyes has the know how to at least bring on suitable subs and line up a team based on their actual positions!
I will probably get slated for wanting him back but surely it's time to come home? NSNO
12 Posted 04/04/2016 at 13:40:58
It also indicates, if true, that revolt is in the air. The recent performances in matches and Jagielka's hangdog demeanour suggest the same. I really really hope that that is the case, that Mr Moshiri knows about it, and has seen what we all see, no future success for him either with two-bob Bill or the two Bobs themselves on board.
13 Posted 04/04/2016 at 14:07:38
I'm glad he looks to be taking it so badly. Shows he cares about the results. Please get rid of Martinez now. How can the club continue to accept these results? It's madness.
15 Posted 04/04/2016 at 15:08:38
I am by no means expecting the government to step in and remove Bobby but if it gets some traction with local papers etc then it might encourage a conversation between Moshiri and Kenwright.
Anyway here's hoping. So if you copy the link into your browser and sign it I would appreciate it greatly. Assuming you agree that Martinez needs to go.
16 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:10:28
If the players are discontented with the manager let him know and help us put an end to his all possession, no-end-product brand of shite football. No good trying to play like Barcelona when the standard of players are not much better than Championship standard.
17 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:39:33
Copy and paste job every week... at least the cricket season's not too far off.
18 Posted 04/04/2016 at 16:42:02
19 Posted 04/04/2016 at 18:40:07
I said at the start of the season that a good one would be to finish top half. And with this phenomenal clown in charge it would be good. But with the team at his disposal his standard is a fucking disgrace.
This new bloke in charge will be a grand irrelevancy if he can't sack the nice Mr Martinez.
20 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:10:16
DON'T GO TO THE NEXT TELEVISED GAME IN A SILENT PROTEST.
A nearly 100% empty stadium, perhaps just a few pertinent banners blowing in the wind and a thoroughly embarrassed Sky / BBC presenters and Roberto would leave effective immediately.
21 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:34:57
His demeanor says it all.
His comment, with a mid sentence pause "It is up to us in the changing room to turn things around and make it better . . "
Plus the follow up comments from Bainsy . . . . . .
Lukaku's expressed desire to leave the club (which is perfectly understandable) should be accommodated immediately. Everton are not a shop window to accommodate his marketing needs. Sod that for a game of soldiers. No wonder the morale is all tits up. No wonder the genuine quality committed footballers like Jags, Baines, Coleman, probably Barklay, are all messed up.
Thank you Roberto for displaying a complete lack of managerial skill, you utterly incompetent pillock.
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