Midfielder James McCarthy urges Everton fans to be patient with team

Image: James McCarthy: Desperate for improvements on the domestic and European stage

Everton midfielder James McCarthy wants supporters to show faith as the team look to kickstart a spluttering season.

Everton's home form was key to their successful push for European qualification last season, but Roberto Martinez's side have secured only three wins at Goodison Park in the current campaign.

The gaffer has said some things in the changing room but we will need to address a few things
James McCarthy

The latest disappointment came on Sunday when Everton needed an 88th-minute own goal from Matthew Upson to allow them to snatch a point against bottom side Leicester.

It was a match that ended with ironic cheers ringing around the ground and McCarthy has a lot of sympathy for the Everton faithful.

The 24-year-old said: "It was a very frustrating day. It has been a frustrating campaign, especially in the league.

"It's frustrating as a player. As a fan it's no good watching it either. We want to get maximum points at home. The fans have come out in their numbers and we are trying to kick up this table.

"Every one of us knows that we need to address this. We know it is not good enough. We go again on Thursday (in the Europa League) and the fans need to stick with us. I am sure we will bounce back."

Despite having won just once in their last 10 league matches, Everton are still 12th in the standings.

They are only six points above the relegation zone though and McCarthy wants to make sure they make sure they do not get dragged into the battle at the bottom.

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Roberto Martinez says once Everton scored the first goal they should have controlled the match better but praised the character his team showed to get back

"We don't want to be floating around in the mid-bottom area of the table. We want to get as high as possible," the Republic of Ireland international said.

"The gaffer has said some things in the changing room but we will need to address a few things."

Next up for Everton in the league is a trip to Arsenal, but first they must ensure they progress to the last 16 of the Europa League by defending the three-goal lead they have over Young Boys.

Everton put on one of their best displays of the season to beat the Swiss team 4-1 in the first leg, and McCarthy wants to see a similar display in the return fixture at Goodison on Thursday.

"We have a big lead but we won't take any prisoners," he added. "We have to put a show on."

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