Jagielka says relax
Phil Jagielka admits Everton are 'uptight' at the moment, with the pressure of a slow start taking its toll.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 17/09/10 12:36pm
Phil Jagielka admits Everton are too 'uptight' at the moment, with the pressure of a slow start taking its toll.
The Toffees have yet to pick up a win this season, with just two points taken from their four Premier League fixtures to date.
It is far too early to suggest a campaign of toil lies ahead, but nerves have been rattled at Goodison Park.
England international Jagielka admits as much, with the centre-half aware that Everton have been their own worst enemies so far.
The 28-year-old is confident, though, that the corner can be turned and hopes last weekend's dramatic 3-3 draw with Manchester United will act as a springboard.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "We definitely need to relax, we are a bit uptight at the moment.
"If we are not 1-0 up or 2-0 up after half-an-hour the fans might start to get a bit edgy, and we start to get a bit edgy.
"We need to adapt to that new pressure now. Where there was a time that 0-0 and 1-0 was acceptable they are probably not anymore.
"We have been slightly unfortunate. Every little mistake we've been punished for. It may sound like an excuse, but we haven't played horrific football.
"There was nothing in the Blackburn game, we played really well for 45 minutes against Wolves and against Villa if you were neutral you would say we were easily the better team."