Premier League: Kevin Mirallas says draws are damaging Everton
Everton winger Kevin Mirallas says the club will not realise their Champions League dream if the team keep drawing.
By Louis Stokes
Last Updated: 21/01/14 11:15am
The Toffees were held to a 1-1 draw at West Brom on Monday night after the Belgian had given them the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Roberto Martinez's men have lost the fewest games in the Premier League this season, with only two defeats, but they have combined this hard-to-beat mentality with nine draws - six of these against teams in the bottom half of the table, including twice against West Brom.
Mirallas believes that they cannot afford to drop points from a winning position again if they are to stay in touch with the European battle.
Everton could have gone into fourth with a win at The Hawthorns, but conceded a late header to West Brom's Diego Lugano.
"We can't afford to do that again. The little problem for us this season has been a few too many draws." Mirallas told the Liverpool Echo.
"We were so disappointed with this one. If we'd beaten West Brom at Goodison earlier in the season, then you would maybe take this as a good point but we didn't. It was a difficult game.
"In the first half, we played very well and created a few good chances. But in the second half, we had to defend a lot more and dropped deeper. It was tough."
Everton have a good chance of a cup run as well this season as they take on League One's bottom side Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday knowing a win will take them into the last 16, but Mirallas is not taking anything for granted.
"We need to have a good game against Stevenage in the Cup now, which won't be easy because we're away," added the Belgium international.