Keane Calls For Hard Graft

Michael Keane insists hard graft on the training pitch will help Everton get their season back on track. 

Since opening the campaign with a victory against Stoke and draw at Manchester City, a difficult run of fixtures has seen the Blues pick up three points from their past five Premier League games, including defeat at home to Keane’s former employers Burnley on Sunday.

 
A defeat away at Atalanta and a 2-2 Goodison draw with Apollon Limassol have also left Everton with work to do in Europa League Group E.
 
However, the defender is confident he and his teammates are more than capable of turning their fortunes around - and fast.
 
Asked if the squad maintains belief their form will come good, Keane said: “Yes, definitely. If we’d won [against Burnley] we would have been eighth or thereabouts and climbing up the table, so things can change quickly.
 
“We’ve had a bad start to the season but we’re still not too far away from where we’d want to be.
 
“If we put a good run together of three or four wins in a row, which we are capable of, I’m sure we’ll climb back up the table.
 
“It’s only seven games in, so there’s a long way to go. It’s been a slow start but we just need to keep working hard and pick it up.”
 
Keane will now go away with the England senior team for World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania, before Everton return to action with a Premier League trip to newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday 15 October.
 
The Blues then face back-to-back home fixtures against Lyon in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League, ahead of a Carabao Cup fourth round tie at Chelsea.
 
A trip to Leicester rounds off October, with away leagues games at Crystal Palace and Southampton and home meetings with Watford and West Ham United to come in November.
 
Keane added: “We just need to keep working hard every day on the training pitch and do the right things all of the time.
 
“We’ve got an experienced manager, we’ve got some experienced players, and they know we will come out of it.
 
“We just have to keep working hard - that’s all you can do, and then give your best every time [you go out on the pitch].
 
“If we get a few wins, that confidence will come back and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”

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