PHIL NEVILLE believes Everton must regain their cutting edge or become in danger of being reliant on Nikica Jelavic for goals.
In what skipper Neville believes was their best performance of the season, David Moyes’s side frittered a number of chances as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage at the weekend.
It was fourth successive Premier League stalemate for Everton, following similar scorelines against Wigan Athletic and Liverpool and a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers.
Despite four goals in 10 games this season, Jelavic has struggled to match the explosive opening to his Goodison career on arriving from Rangers in January.
And Neville has urged the Croatia international’s team-mates to help ease the goalscoring burden.
“The Fulham game was probably the best we’ve played all season, maybe the best we’ve played since January,” said the 35-year-old.
“We went to Fulham and totally dominated the game, we had all the possession, we had all the quality and they had nothing, probably two shots on goal, and scored two goals.
“I think we created maybe six or seven chances where maybe if we’d been a bit more clinical we’d have come out probably 7-2 winners. That’s how if felt playing.
“We just need to be a little bit more ruthless, not totally dependant on Jelavic scoring all the time and chip in with goals from centre midfield, wide areas and at the back. It’s up to us all to do it.”
Results elsewhere meant Everton moved back into the Champions League qualification places in fourth place ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
But Neville admits the Goodison outfit should be a lot nearer to front-runners Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
“Drawing is our Achilles heel at the moment and we need to win these games,” he added. “But we’ve got to take confidence from the performance – it was outstanding.
“We’re playing full of confidence and with movement and teams are finding it hard to play against us.”