Seamus Coleman is urging Everton to use Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Sheffield United as a springboard for their campaign.
Right-back Coleman was deeply disappointed with Sunday’s defeat at Bournemouth and conceded Everton must rapidly address their away form to achieve this season’s objectives.
Marco Silva’s side will nevertheless face Sheffield United protecting a seven-match unbeaten Goodison Park run – and targeting a seventh straight home win.
Everton have beaten Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers on their own ground this term.
“We have to make sure we retain our confidence from our home form and try to make amends [following Bournemouth] against Sheffield United and go on from there,” Coleman told evertontv.
“When you put on the Everton shirt – whether you are old or young – you have to take responsibility, to be brave and look for the ball at all times and help your teammates.
“Not many of us could hold our heads high coming off the pitch [on Sunday] and that’s the truth.
“Our home form is good but away from home at the minute it is disappointing and something we need to put right very fast if we want to be better this season.
“We have to go into the Sheffield United game… and hopefully get three points and move forward and try to put it right.”
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SILVA ON KEY ATTRIBUTE EVERTON MUST REDISCOVER
Everton claimed eight points from their final six away matches last season and scored nine goals in that period.
Moreover, they had 14 shots to Bournemouth’s 13 at the weekend, after having more goal attempts than Crystal Palace [10-6] on the season’s opening day and Aston Villa [12-7] in the following away game.
Everton have dominated possession in those three matches, too, hogging 65 per cent of the ball against both Palace and Villa and 60 per cent in the clash with Bournemouth.
Those figures underline why manager Silva insists his team is paying a heavy price for not being clinical in either penalty area away from Goodison.
Coleman, ever present this term after being appointed captain following Phil Jagielka’s exit, agrees with his boss’s verdict.
Everton’s two home games this term have yielded four goals. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header against Bournemouth, though, represents the Blues’ lone away strike this term.
“I am sure Dominic wanted that goal and he took it well,” added Coleman.
“It was good for him to get on the scoresheet but ultimately it counted for nothing.
“I am sure Dominic would rather not score and us get all three points.
“We have to move on to Sheffield United.
“But I know that is no consolation to the travelling support at Bournemouth and fans watching home.
“They will expect and demand much better and rightly so.
“We wanted to go down to Bournemouth and win the game and we didn’t.
“Conceding three was tough to take. We were very disappointed but we have to move on.
“It is probably a cliche, but when the fans come all that way down on a Sunday, they have a right to be frustrated.
“It wasn’t good enough from most of us and we need to be better.”