Andy Gray: Why I'm more confident about Everton than a month ago

Everton legend Andy Gray feels the current side's defence is in a better place than four weeks ago.

Former Everton forward Andy Gray explained to talkSPORT this morning why he’s more confident about the current side than he was this time one month ago.

Everton are preparing for a difficult trip to Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League, where they are defending a 2-1 lead built up over the first leg at Goodison Park.

The side are under pressure as the only British team left in any European competition this season and it will take a big effort later today for them to pull through and get into the next round.

“I think they need to defend well. The good news is the defence has looked better recently,” said Gray.

“I’m more confident about Everton than I was this time a month ago.”

Everton head into the game with a big win against Newcastle United last weekend under their belts, which will give them plenty of confidence.

The defence has been one of the worst areas of the side this season, but there have been slight signs that things are improving gradually.

The Toffees have conceded just one goal in their last two games, conceding four across their first two matches this month.

It may seem obvious but for Everton to make it through in Europe and for the side to push on in the league, clean sheets are vital.

Martinez needs the leaders in his back four to stand up later and put in long, hard working shifts, keeping the defence organised and resilient.

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