Yobo eyes improvement
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton defender Joseph Yobo has admitted that last season was his toughest.Everton defender Joseph Yobo has admitted that last season was his toughest as a footballer.
The Nigerian claims The Toffees wilted under pressure last term and has urged his team-mates to dig deep in a bid to revive their fortunes.
"When I first came to Everton from Marseille, I found everyone very focused, working together and we had that confidence that comes from winning early games," he told the Daily Champion. "We believed that when we went out there we were unbeatable and we finished seventh.
"Last season the pressure was on us, we knew it. That pressure to do better pulled us down and we did not give our best.
"At the start, this time last year, the atmosphere was very good because we knew what we had achieved - we'd done things like win six games in a row - but this time we struggled to win back-to-back games and then the pressure really mounted."
The financial troubles which have shackled manager David Moyes this summer are a source of frustration for Yobo, as he wants to give the Goodison Park faithful something to cheer.
"The financial side is really frustrating because I want to be in a side that competes and two seasons ago we were competing," he added. "Last season I think is the worst season Everton have ever had. It was the worst season I have ever had wherever I have played.
"I always try to enjoy my football, but this was the worst season you could imagine and now with the squad we have everyone is looking at us as underdogs.
"We have to fight back and regain the Everton pride."
Yobo was linked with a move to Newcastle as the replacement for Jonathan Woodgate and although not commenting on the rumours, the classy defender claims he has no plans to leave England.
"I want to stay in England," he stressed. "I have played in Belgium, played in France and have had opportunities to go to Italy or Spain before I came here and here I belong."
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