The Tofees took the lead inside the first ten minutes but were pegged back by goals from Mile Jedinak, Fraizer Campbell and Yannick Bolasie; only Leighton Baines’ late penalty made the scoreline look more respectable.
So far this season, Everton have conceded 14 goals in just six matches, and there is concern amongst fans that these defensive problems will continue.
Good times will return
However, Distin insisted that the club will return to their previous character of defensive solidity.
“We’ve been solid for five or six years. Over the past three or four seasons we’ve had the third best defence in the league,” said the Frenchman.
“It depends how you want to look at it. You can start panicking and thinking, “What’s going on?”. But I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.
“You have to remember where you come from, what you are good at and what you've been doing well for so many years."
Indeed, under previous manager David Moyes, Everton were well-known for their defensive stability and Distin has been at the heart of the defence ever since his move to the club in 2009.
Distin then went on to say that all clubs go through rough patches, citing Manchester United as an example.
“Every team goes through tough times. Look at a club like [Manchester] United. Everyone thought they were back on track but they’re not yet,” he said.
“That’s the beauty of the Premier League. When you are scoring plenty of goals everything is fine, but when you are conceding many it’s hard. You have to refocus and things will turn out okay.”
Lots of firepower
Certainly, with both the £28million purchase of Lukaku and the signing of Samuel Eto’o after his departure from Chelsea, manager Roberto Martinez will be hoping that his strikers can grab the winning goals.
Given that the club currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League table, it is crucial that the likes of 36-year-old Distin start to play well again.
The Toffees’ next Premier League fixture is against main rivals Liverpool, whilst they also face Gary Monk’s Swansea City in the League Cup tomorrow.
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