Jagielka - Let's push on

Everton defender hopes dramatic comeback will kick-start season

Jagielka: Looking forward

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka hopes their great comeback against Manchester United last weekend will kick-start their season.

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"We don't want to be here come November or December and be in the bottom three still. We have to start pulling our socks up and picking up results."

Phil Jagielka

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David Moyes' side salvaged a dramatic 3-3 draw against the Red Devils last Saturday thanks to stoppage-time goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.

But the Toffees still remain in the early drop zone after failing to win any of their four top flight starts this term - tasting defeat to Aston Villa and Blackburn, while drawing with Wolves and the Red Devils.

While Jagielka believes the Toffees have been unlucky to a certain degree, he knows they need to start picking up wins quickly.

He said: "It felt like we had won the game.

"We were pretty much dead and buried and there were opportunities for Manchester United to make it 4-1 or 5-1.

"But thankfully we stuck in, Tim Howard made some fantastic saves and as he always does, Tim Cahill popped up with the goal.


"Then we put a little bit of pressure on, the ball fell to the person we wanted it to on the edge of the box and Mikel did enough to put it in."

He added: "If you have watched our games, we still can't understand how we lost the Villa match - maybe we were just missing a little bit of luck.

"Against Man United we played well for spells and against Blackburn, there was nothing in it except for a couple of mistakes.

"It sounds easy for me to say, but we have literally just been a little bit unlucky.

"I don't think there is a crisis, but at the same time, we need to address the situation that we are in.

"We don't want to be here come November or December and be in the bottom three still. We have to start pulling our socks up and picking up results."


England international Jagielka is particularly eager to do well this term, having missed a large chunk of the 2009-10 campaign through injury.

"I was dying for the season to start having missed the majority of it last year," he said.

"We have been a little bit slow out of the blocks - some people might say as usual - but we are desperate to get our form back to where it was towards the latter end of last season.

"The draw against Manchester United will hopefully be the kick-start that we needed.

"We've played some good football, but unfortunately been punished for every little mistake that we have made. Hopefully we have turned a corner."