Neville issues rallying call


Everton captain Phil Neville has no doubts about the character within David Moyes' squad, and has urged his teammates to stop feeling sorry for themselves and focus on getting back to winning ways over the festive period.

The Toffees have slipped to 14th in the Barclays Premier League table having collected only a solitary point in their last three outings, and now sit precariously above the relegation zone just four points from safety.

Back-to-back wins over Wolves and Bolton looked to have ended Everton's October and November slump in form, but having scored only one goal in the last three weeks, the club enter a busy Christmas schedule low on confidence.

"It is just not falling for us at the moment and we just need to persevere and keep the spirit," said Neville. "We showed spirit against Arsenal [a 1-0 defeat] and Norwich [1-1 draw].

"I know that is not good enough to win games at the moment but we need to keep that fighting quality. We can't let it get us down and feel sorry for ourselves."

Neville admits that things are a little uncomfortable for Everton's underperforming players, but insists they are doing everything they can to turn things around.

"People are paying good money [to watch] and fans are demanding results and demanding more quality, and from the manager downwards everyone feels the same and we are all hurting at the moment.

"We know what we need to do, we know what we require and we have to come through this sticky period we are going through.

"The only way to do that is by sticking together and being brave and, as team captain, I look around the dressing room and I think we have got a lot of brave players and that gives me confidence."

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