Barry: No Let Up
No room for complacency against Fulham, insists Blues midfielder.
Gareth Barry has warned Everton must keep their foot on the gas if they're to avoid coming up short against visitors Fulham on Saturday.
The high-flying Blues will be looking to extend their recent unbeaten stretch to nine games and build on last week's impressive showings at Manchester United and Arsenal.
History would point to a home win with the Cottagers having suffered defeat on each of their last 10 visits to Goodison Park, a sequence in a torrid run that has never seen them win a league game at Everton in their history.
But with Fulham under the stewardship of a new manager in Rene Meulensteen and going into the game on the back of their first victory in eight games last weekend, Barry says there is no room for complacency when the two sides meet.
"If you're playing them [Fulham] under Martin Jol, you'd probably think the performances weren't there and, from the players, the effort, from the outside, didn't seem there either.
"I watched the game against Aston Villa and everyone seems to have stepped it up 10 per cent, which always happens with a new manager coming in.
"We've just got to worry about ourselves really. Last week was a massive week for the Club. Obviously we got the confidence up beating Stoke and then from two tough away games, to come away with four points was really good.
"It's easy on the back of two brilliant results for everyone to think we're going to walk all over Fulham but Premier League football doesn't work like that and we need to make sure we're really on our game to get three points."
James McCarthy's booking at Emirates Stadium - his fifth of the season - means Everton will be without Barry's usual midfield cohort for the visit of the struggling Londoners.
The England international remains confident his side can cope, but stressed the size of the loss cannot be underestimated.
He said: "James will be a big miss on Saturday. For someone who is only 23, he's so mature and knows so much about the game.
"Obviously he's worked with the manager before and that's helped him, and I've really enjoyed playing alongside him.
"It's not like you're playing alongside a young player to be honest, it feels like you're playing alongside someone who's played a lot of games."
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