David Unsworth has issued a rallying call for Everton’s players to “show what it means to wear the famous blue shirt” when the Toffees return to Goodison Park on Sunday to take on Watford.
Unsworth once again reiterated his message that continued hard work and commitment are required to get the Blues back on track and climbing the Premier League table.
The 1995 FA Cup winner also stressed that a “couple of wins” would help to restore confidence amongst the players, starting with Watford’s visit to Goodison this weekend – Everton’s first home game since Unsworth took temporary charge last month.
The Hornets travel to Merseyside for a 4.30pm kick-off on Sunday in the Blues’ final fixture before the latest set of international matches.
“By sticking together and working as a team, by working harder and harder in training, and staying together as one - that’s the only way you can come out of a difficult situation,” Unsworth explained. “And you’ve got to fight.
"Our fans demand to see total commitment and I’ve been telling the players we need to do more of that. We need to fight more - not physically but from a football point of view.
“We need our players to show what it means to wear that famous blue shirt. When you have a group of players willing to give everything for the cause, more often than not through my experience, there’s success.
“I think there is a little bit of a confidence issue [with the players] but nothing that a couple of wins doesn’t put right. I know that through my experience.”
Sunday’s match will be the fourth fixture under Unsworth since he took over from Ronald Koeman almost a fortnight ago.
Discussing his approach to facing Watford, who sit ninth in the Premier League but have lost their past two matches against Chelsea and Stoke City, Unsworth added: “We’ve just got to pick teams, pick individuals and players, to come together in a way that I want to play. What I will say is that the players are giving everything - I can see that in training and I can see that in games.
“It’s just not falling for us at the moment. But I certainly know what I want and how I want to play.”