Phil Jagielka admits Everton are in a relegation dogfight

Everton's Phil Jagielka has admitted the side are in a scrap in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has suggested to the Liverpool Echo that the side has been handed a wakeup call in the Premier League.

Everton fell to a poor 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City last night, which has left the Toffees under pressure as they look to pull clear from the bottom three.

“Yeah, I think so (Everton in relegation fight). With 10 games to go that is not where you want to be,” said Jagielka.

“We still have that six point gap but we are not taking anything lightly. We have some tough games coming up - We’re obviously down.”

Everton’s Premier League form is difficult to work out considering they have been so fluent and impressive in Europe.

They are top of the small group of teams not yet to register 30 points in the Premier League, but Roberto Martinez will be keen for them to get safe as quickly as possible in the top flight.

The good news for the Toffees is that they now have a little bit of time to reflect and look at things ahead of their next game, which comes in Europe next week.

Martinez has to find a way of forcing results in the big games and rotating effectively, to keep the side fresh for league fixtures.

Everton face Newcastle and QPR before the end of this month, with fixtures against Southampton, Swansea, Burnley and Manchester United next month.

There are no easy games and the Toffees need to find a way of picking up points quickly to pull clear of the battle developing below them.

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