Phil Jagielka dismisses talk of panic stations at Everton

The Everton players have been finding recent stories about them quite funny, according to their captain.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has laughed off some of the talk of panic stations being employed at Goodison Park.

The Blues are currently on a run of four straight Premier League defeats and sit just four points above the relegation zone, and rumours of fall-outs have between players and with the manager have been rife.

The Toffees captain has laughed off those rumours, though, saying the players have found some of the stories to be quite funny. He does however accept that such tales are an inevitable consequence given their current struggles.

“It’s quite amusing, you hear some weird stuff,” Jagielka said, according to The Daily Star. "I think the best one was that Leighton Baines had a fight with someone.

"I don't know if you know Bainesy or if you’ve seen him. Would he put the gloves on? I don’t think he would. He’s more a lover than a fighter.”

Rather than paying any attention, though, it seems the Everton squad have taken the rumours with a pinch of salt, preferring to use them as a release during a very high-pressure period for the side.

“Sometimes football isn’t enough for stories so people go a few steps further but we appreciate the really funny stuff because it keeps us going on a day-to-day basis,” said the England defender.

However one thing that does concern Jagielka is the number of goals Everton have conceded so far; they are second only to QPR in that department.

According to him, the side “have been conceding far too many goals and not scoring nearly enough” but claims that is too simple a reasoning for their troubles."

“We have put in a lot of decent 60 minute performances but football is 90 minutes long and we have not managed to see it through to the end,” he added.

The Blues look to return to winning ways against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday, boosted by the return of defenders John Stones an Leighton Baines, and with their confidence somewhat restored following Romelu Lukaku’s late equaliser during the midweek FA Cup game against West Ham.

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