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Neville Urges Killer Instinct

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Phil Neville says Everton need to rediscover a killer instinct if they are to end a run of four straight draws against Sunderland this weekend.

The 35-year-old skipper believes the Blues turned in one of their best performances of 2012 at Fulham on Saturday only to pay the price for failing to see off their besieged hosts when Steve Sidwell turned past Tim Howard to level late on.

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Neville, however, insists the visitors should have been out of sight at Craven Cottage and says the responsibility lies with every player to ensure commanding performances are converted into convincing wins.

"It was probably the best we've played all season, maybe the best we've played since January," Neville told evertontv. "We went to Fulham and totally dominated the game, we had all the possession, we had all the quality and they had nothing, probably two shots on goal, and scored two goals.

"I think we created maybe six or seven chances where maybe if we'd been a bit more clinical we'd have come out probably 7-2 winners. That's how if felt playing. We just need to be a little bit more ruthless, not totally dependant on [Nikica] Jelavic scoring all the time and chip in with goals from centre midfield, wide areas and at the back. It's up to us all to do it.

"Drawing is our Achilles heel at the moment and we need to win these games," he added. "But we've got to take confidence from the performance - it was outstanding.

"We're playing full of confidence and with movement and teams are finding it hard to play against us."

Neville took time after training on Monday to renew his support for the Kick It Out campaign by taking part in an anti-racism workshop with local youngsters.

The Blues skipper, who has been vocal about his passion for kicking discrimination out of football and the wider community, visited University Academy Liverpool in Toxteth to talk to students about his own experiences and what to do if they witness discrimination.

Neville - Kick It Out
"Quite simply, there is no place for any form of abuse or discrimination in football," he said. "We have a responsibility to keep supporting the Kick It Out campaign and continue to educate young people outside of those weeks of action.

"After all the progress made so far in tackling abuse, we cannot sit back. We must ensure that all forms of discrimination are made unacceptable and there's no better way to do that than educate youngsters in schools.

"Our charity, Everton in the Community, works all year round to deliver anti-racism workshops and coaching sessions so that the power of football can help put an end to discrimination in our communities."

Kick It Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and work for positive change.

The campaign is supported and funded by the game's governing bodies, including the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), the Premier League and the Football Association.

To find out more about Everton in the Community and how they support the work of Kick It Out, click here.


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