Former Everton striker Tony Cottee explains what club need to do to lift the Goodison Park anxiety

Everton have been struggling at home this season.

Everton take on Southampton in the Premier League today and will be hoping to repeat their performance from earlier in the season – when they won 3-0 at St Mary’s.

Roberto Martinez certainly needs a result.

The Everton boss has been under serious pressure at the club recently after poor home form and the recent incident involving fan favourite Leighton Baines.

That has seen fans of the club calling for the Spaniard’s exit in recent weeks.

Former Everton striker Tony Cottee has been speaking about their troubles this week on Sky Sports News HQ (15/04/2016).

He feels the team under Martinez are not playing quick enough football and believes this is causing an anxious atmosphere, in particular at Goodison Park:

“I think there’s a bit of anxiety at Goodison Park.

“I think their build-up play is a bit slow at the back and I think the Everton fans, traditionally, want them to get the ball forward as quick as possible.

“It’s rather worrying. Away from home I think they’ve put in some good performances, at home they’ve just not been able to get the results.

“For them to be in 12th place in the league, they should be a lot higher than that. To be honest, it’s not good enough and they have to improve.”

Everton’s form at home has been particularly worrying this season and the atmosphere at the club has suffered as a result.

For Everton to pick up their home form the support needs to become positive once again but that is a two-way street.

Everton need to give their fans a reason to cheer if they are to lift the grim mood at home.

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