Everton defender Phil Jagielka has told the Liverpool Echo he feels the confidence isn’t quite in the team’s performances at the moment.
Everton fell to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea last night, where they showed admirable defensive resilience before a late Willian winner.
Jagielka has suggested that the defence is the easiest part of the side to improve, but doesn’t feel the job is complete.
“The easiest thing to sort was to sort our defensive problems and we’ve been pretty decent since after Christmas,” said Jagielka.
“Tonight, we had a couple of opportunities to do so and score a couple of goals but the confidence isn’t quite there yet.”
The performance frustrated Chelsea, which resulted in several of their players continuously putting pressure on referee John Moss, every time a challenge went in from an Everton player.
Roberto Martinez is a common sense type of manager and while he’ll be frustrated with the manner of the defeat, he’ll stress the man positives of the performance.
Not many sides go to Chelsea and show the defensive backbone, which was on display from the Toffees last night.
It was always going to be more difficult for the team to hold out after Gareth Barry was sent off, but they played well over the majority of the game and could have had a point were it not for a top class save from Petr Cech.
Everton now need to regroup and make the most of their break ahead of their Europa League challenge re-starting next week.