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Everton favourite demands support at season's sharp end

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Everton great Graeme Sharpe is urging the club's supporters to get behind the team as David Moyes' side approach a potentially defining point of the season.

The club host Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic during successive weekends, before taking on West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup third round.

Transfer deadline day signings Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi are set to make their debuts for the club, and Sharp says the coming period could be the most important of the season for the Toffees.

"I think the next three games are massive," he said.

"Obviously you look at the fixture list and you want to win your home games, it's as simple as that.

"What we have to do is get behind the players. They are striving for the best. We have to remember that it is a good squad of players we have got and what better way to introduce the new players to Everton than with a noisy Goodison atmosphere."

"It is massively important everyone pulls in the right direction," he added.

"Everybody has got the right to their own opinion but the most important thing as a player is that you have the backing of the supporters. 

"I think when you go to football grounds and there are people voicing their opinion on matters off the field, it detracts from what's happening on it.


 

"All of a sudden players lose confidence and results go against them and it's a downward spiral. So whilst people have grievances, which on occasions you can understand, the most important thing is to back the football team."

The sale of Mikel Arteta has reduced expectations around Goodison Park, and the club's refusal to spend big during the transfer window was cause for concern for many supporters on Merseyside.

Sharp says that the players are well aware what wins can do for the morale of the supporters.

"I have had it myself here, when we were struggling in the early 80s and were getting something like 8,000 people in Goodison Park," he continued.

"Whilst it was over 25 years ago, the principals of the game remain and everyone is aware how a few results can lift the team and the supporters - especially at home."

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