Everton's lingering relegation fears continued to creep up on them last night as they were soundly beaten by Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium.
Stoke won 2-0 as another abject performance from Everton in the league saw them slip dangerously close to the relegation dogfight.
Their poor form in the league has been in stark contrast to that in the Europa League, where they have romped their way to the last 16. However, European football appears to have taking its toll on what is an ageing side in need of a mini makeover.
Everton fans are no strangers to good season followed by bad season, it was a staple of the David Moyes era.
Now, several players who personified that time have been Tweeting on Everton's current demise.
Phil Neville, Tom Cahill and Lee Carsley will all be remembered fondly for their varying influences at Everton under Moyes and they are all backing Everton to find form and avoid relegation:
Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) March 5, 2015
@Everton will defo not go down players are to good-but need to string a couple of wins together NOW!!!!— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) March 5, 2015
@Tim_Cahill it's not happening at the min,get warmed up mate..— Lee Carsley (@lecarso) March 5, 2015
However Cahill made it clear, the difference between this Martinez side and that Moyes team - Moyes' had a little more fight in them:
For Everton to climb back up the table they might just have to mix it up a bit more for the rest of the season, as Cahill suggests. Gloves off and back to basics for a team 'too good' to go down - a phrase that has certainly been used before and proved false.
Couple that with the extra guile and technical proficiency Martinez has brought to the club and they should survive, no problem.