Everton's Phil Jagielka comments on upset fans

Phil Jagielka of Everton clears the ball while under pressure from Stefano Okaka of Watford and Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at...

Everton were horrendous in Italy on Thursday, and Phil Jagielka gets why the fans were peeved.

Phil Jagielka of Everton clears from Ashley Barnes of Burnley  during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Phil Jagielka has admitted to The Telegraph that he and his team-mates deserved the jeers that came their way from Everton fans in Italy on Thursday.

The Toffees got their Europa League campaign off to a shocker by losing 3-0 away to Atalanta, in a game where all three goals were scored in the first half.

It was a horrendous performance by Everton, who have spent in excess of £150 million on players this past summer.

Phil Jagielka of Everton clears the ball while under pressure from Stefano Okaka of Watford and Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at...

As a result of the display, the travelling fans booed the team when Jagielka and his colleagues applauded them at full time in Atalanta.

But does the former Sheffield United man harbour any resentment? Not one bit, with the veteran centre-back admitting that they deserved the frosty reception.

Asked by The Telegraph if he understood it, Jagielka said: “Yes, massively. Even coming out after half-time I think I'd have done the same. It's expensive [for fans to travel to Italy] and something we've all been looking forward to for a while so I can more than understand the frustration.

Everton's English defender Phil Jagielka (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Everton's English defender Matthew Pennington during the English Premier League football match...

“I wouldn't expect too many of them to have stood up and clapped so now it's up to us as players and a squad to turn it around. The only way we can do that is on the pitch."

Ronald Koeman's side have a good, if not unenviable, opportunity to get fans back on side when they visit in-form Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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