Pienaar seeks killer instinct
Steven Pienaar feels Everton need to become more ruthless in front of goal if they are to climb the table.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 21/12/09 11:22am
Steven Pienaar feels Everton need to become more ruthless in front of goal if they are to start climbing the table.
The injury-ravaged Toffees could only muster a 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Goodison Park on Sunday, keeping them in 15th place.
They have now gone six games without a win and find themselves looking anxiously over their shoulder at the relegation battle unfolding below them, rather than looking up at the European qualification scrap.
A lack of goals has cost David Moyes' men dear of late, with Everton currently lacking the kind of cutting edge required to grind out results.
This profligacy in front of goal was all too apparent against the Blues in their latest outing, with Pienaar and co left to rue a number of missed opportunities.
"If you play at home you have to take three points from games like this to get out of the position we are in, and it is very frustrating," the South African told the Liverpool Echo.
"We had chances and we could have scored two or three but that's football. The last two games felt like wins even though we drew but drawing against Birmingham felt like a loss.
"We played some good football and had a lot of possession but we just didn't have the killer instinct."
Pienaar has also revealed that the pressure of being Everton's playmaker-in-chief in the continued absence of Mikel Arteta is beginning to take its toll.
He said: "It's always nice having a lot of the ball for me in games, but sometimes it's draining because I have to move all the time and sometimes my legs go.
"That's just part of the game though and I have to give it everything. Other players will start taking responsibility too.
"I promised myself I would score against Birmingham but I got a bit overexcited when the ball came to me twice in good positions."