Jags: We Need To Find A Way To Win

Phil Jagielka rued the manner in which Everton “shot ourselves in the foot” at Leicester – and admitted the Toffees “need to find a way to win”.

Everton’s 2-0 defeat against Claude Puel’s team represented a sixth Premier League loss this season and left the Blues’ 18th in the table.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the hosts after a rapid 18th-minute counter attack, which saw the Blues fail to halt Demarai Gray’s run from deep in his own half before the attacker fed Riyad Mahrez to cross for Vardy to finish.

Gray added the Foxes’ second in bizarre circumstances 11 minutes later, when the England Under-21 international delivered from the left and saw Toffees right-back Jonjoe Kenny slice his attempted clearance to send the ball careering past Jordan Pickford.

“It is very disappointing,” said Everton captain Jagielka. “You cannot come here and give them one goal, never mind two.

"We needed to put in a performance and in the first half we did not do that. We gave them too much time and they scored two goals.

“They were always going to play on the counter attack with the pace they have up top… so to come here and get done in that way... and then concede the second goal, it was always going to be difficult to get back in the game.

“We threw everything we could at Leicester but could not get the ball in the back of the net. We were okay in midweek and put Chelsea under pressure but came back with nothing to show for our effort.

“It is getting frustrating at the moment. We need to find a way to win, to keep clean sheets and score. It sounds simple but it is proving quite difficult.

“We need to get some points and start climbing the league. We have to roll up our sleeves and find a method to keep clean sheets and score a winning goal.”

After failing to find the net in the East Midlands, Everton have hit the target only seven times in their 10 Premier League matches this season.

Jagielka identified an urgent need for his side to improve their goal threat but insisted it was also vital to stem the tide at the other end, with Vardy and Gray’s goals the 19th and 20th the Toffees have conceded in this campaign.

The centre-half did, though, see some cause for optimism during the second 45 minutes at Leicester, singling out the performance of half-time substitute Beni Baningime for particular praise.

“There is no one else we can look at,” said Jagielka. “We have to look each other in the eye and try to turn things around.

“Beni controlled the midfield and we managed to put them under pressure in the second half – but when you are 2-0 up you will defend your lead and they did it pretty well.

“We need to perform in both halves of the game, keep it tight and give our strikers the chance to win games for us.

“It is time for everyone to step up and create a goal or take a chance. It is very frustrating but we will be back in training tomorrow and working hard to try to turn a corner.

“We were hoping to dictate the game. We knew we would have lots of possession but we shot ourselves in the foot. To concede the first was bad enough – but we had to get to half-time still only one behind, at worst, and put more pressure on in the second half. Then it would have been more edgy for them.

“Football is a results business and we need to find a formula to get the ball in the back of the goal… and make sure we keep it out at the other end.”

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