Jamie Redknapp expresses his opinion on Everton's recent form

Jamie Redknapp wants to see Everton improve over the second half of the season.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has called on Everton to improve their defensive record if they want to climb up the Premier League table.

The pundit has told The Mail he can't quite believe the Toffees league position, currently in 11th place, despite playing out a series of competitive matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Everton have not won any of their last four Premier League games, and conceded three at the weekend against Chelsea, even though John Terry's third was particularly controversial.

He said: "If you watched Everton play this season without looking at the table, there’s no way you would believe they are in the bottom half and not competing right at the top.

"They are fantastic to watch but defensively they have to improve.

"Phil Jagielka’s return will help, even if they did concede three at Stamford Bridge. But after that result I think they could go on a run now and end the season strongly."

Everton have won only two of their last 10 Premier League games, and their 32 goals conceded is the highest among any team among the top 13 in the division. Tottenham Hotspur have conceded the fewest at just 18.

The Toffees have the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City on the horizon, of which they hold a slender advantage, but this has papered over the cracks of their poor league campaign, and will continue to do so if they get to the final.

Winning the trophy would make up for a poor season, but fail against City and they will have to attack improving their league position with added focus, and fewer excuses will be tolerated.

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