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Jagielka admits it's all in the mind

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes his side are struggling with a crisis of confidence this season.

Amid more speculation that an overseas buy-out is close, Everton have gone seven games without a victory, and Jagielka believes that things must change - starting with Saturday's visit of champions Manchester United to Goodison Park.

"We would prefer to be putting two good consecutive halves together in each game, but at the moment it doesn't seem to be working like that," he said.

"We've got to start doing that. We have got Manchester United next and that is going to be another hard game, and we will have to keep it together for the whole game next weekend."

He added: "We need to start backing ourselves a little bit more. We weren't particularly nervous at 0-0, so why should we be nervous at 1-1? It is something we need to address.

"We are playing better than we did at the start of the season, but the results are pretty much the same.

"It is hard to put a finger on why we've stopped keeping clean sheets. In the first half, Arsenal had a few opportunities but considering it was at the Emirates, it was quite a quiet half for them.

"We then shot ourselves in the foot at the start of the second-half by not clearing the ball properly and they were level.

"It is a hard place to go, and now we have United next. We must improve, and quickly."

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