Everton can get back to winning ways if they remain focused on their jobs and retain their collective belief, says Ronald Koeman.
The Blues boss was addressing the media ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion, a fixture in which the Toffees are looking to bounce back from defeat to Burnley last time out.
But Koeman has called on his players to have faith in their talent and continue to work hard, insisting that will help Everton change their fortunes.
“You need a little bit of luck,” he said. “You sometimes need to score from an early chance [for instance]. We need to change our luck. The fastest way to change the situation is to do your job every day, be a professional and work hard, and having that feeling of belief together.
“Brighton is a tough test for us - I think they are doing really well. We have analysed them and they have had two wins from their last two home games so we know they will be confident. It is not about the name of the opponents, every Premier League game is a hard one.”
Koeman will once again be without long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman, who are both progressing well in their rehabilitation but are still some way off a return to action.
However, there is better news surrounding James McCarthy, who Koeman revealed will turn out for David Unsworth’s Under-23s on Tuesday night in a bid to step up his return to full fitness following a spell on the sidelines.
“There are still the same players out for the weekend,” added Koeman. “Coleman is doing well but still out, then there is Ramiro Funes Mori, Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon who are not fit and, of course, Bolasie is a long-term injury.
“McCarthy is doing full training but it’s been too short to bring him into the squad. He will train more and play with the Under-23s next Tuesday [against Wolfsburg] to get match fit then I think he will be back in the first team.
“He has had several problems physically which we have tried to solve. He is now back. He is an important player for us but we are not taking any risks. Let's hope he is totally fit and playing next weekend.”