'Shot ourselves in the foot' - Everton star demands improvement


Everton defender Phil Jagielka wants his side to get back on the right track after the international break.

Everton's Phil Jagielka has demanded that his side improves after the international break.

The Toffees have made a poor start in the Premier League so far, winning just once in their opening matches, and Jagielka is determined to start getting some momentum back around Goodison Park.

The side went into the season with high expectations after a brilliant campaign last year, but they have failed to live up to those standards so far and Jagielka has urged his teammates to show some progression now they are back from international duty.

“It’s massive that we build momentum," he said to the club's official site. "We had a couple of games where we thought we had begun to gather pace but then shot ourselves in the foot.

“It’s important that we try to get ourselves going and keep it going. In this next busy period we need to start to pick up some points and climb that table.”

Everton had looked to have turned a corner after beating West Bromwich Albion and Wolfsburg in a week looked to have put them back on track, but results since have been concerning.

Consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester United have put Roberto Martinez's side back at square one and raised concerns around the Merseyside club.

They are depleted in numbers due to injury, but few were even contemplating this poor a start following heavy investment over the summer. 

It will now be up to the side so show that they can perform under pressure and the will be looking to kick-start their season with a win against Aston Villa.

The Midlands side have been in good form over the opening of the season, but Everton will be the favourites to pick up a victory and the three points could be crucial in deciding which direction this season goes in for the Toffees. 

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