PHIL JAGIELKA insists Everton’s overall performance levels mean there is no need for panic at Goodison Park, despite being frustrated by their recent run of dropped points.
The Blues have been left disappointed as their impressive early-season form in the Premier League has stalled somewhat of late.
They were booed off by a minority of supporters at Goodison Park on Saturday, having conceded a last-minute equaliser to Norwich City in a game they could and should have won.
It is becoming a recurring theme for David Moyes’ side.
The Norwich stalemate was the third time in four games that Everton have failed to win a game they had dominated.
They remain in fifth position in the Premier League table, but the Goodison club has now won just three of their last 11 league fixtures.
“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot a bit in the last few games,” admits Jagielka. “We’ve not kicked on when we’ve started games well.
“Against Reading in the first half we played as well as we have done all season.
“I had a couple of chances myself, the strikers had a couple of chances and so did the midfielders.
“But we never took them, and we came out at the start of the second half a bit sloppy, and before you know it we were 2-1 down.
“With the couple of injuries that we’ve got, the squad isn’t looking quite as strong as it was at the beginning of the season, and maybe that doesn’t help.
“But we’re normally talking about not having many points at this stage of the season.
“We usually play for two-thirds of the season and forget the other one. So we can’t get hung up on results.”