Jagielka focuses on present

Defender not looking too far ahead as Toffees set to lose Cahill

Jagielka: Hopes Cahill will keep scoring

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Phil Jagielka is not thinking about the impending loss of Tim Cahill as he focuses on the present.

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The Australian, who has notched eight goals in 15 top flight appearances, is set to miss up to six games in the New Year as he represents his country in the Asian Cup.

But Jagielka is refusing to worry about the future, insisting the Toffees have to focus on their immediate fixtures as they seek to climb the table.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "Luckily for us Tim has done really well and kept us going with his goals, but we are all frustrated.

"Hopefully he gets all of his goals out of his system before he goes. But we can't look too far into the future and worry about January, the present is what we need to focus on.

"We can just hope that when he comes back he is rejuvenated as ever, has his spark and picks up again where he'll leave off."

Talking to

Everton bounced back from the 4-1 home defeat to West Brom with a creditable 1-1 draw at Chelsea last time and Jagielka admits a talking to by boss David Moyes did the trick.

He said: "Things needed to be said, the scoreline was horrific and some of our play at times was horrific.

"We all needed to have a little talk, discuss the good points and the bad points and the performance against Chelsea proved it was the right thing to do.

"The gaffer takes control of most of it, it's not so much a case of the players digging each other out. The gaffer is very methodical in looking through the video with Steve Round and Jimmy (Lumsden), they've got plenty of points to get across.

"I think if all the players started doing their own things as well it would turn into a six hour meeting.

"The gaffer gets whatever he needs to off his chest, and if the person or persons he's speaking to disagree then it turns into a bit of a debate.

"I think after the recent performances and particularly West Brom, I don't think there would be too many people debating what the gaffer had to say for himself."

Passion

Jagielka now wants a top performance against Wigan in the North West derby clash at the weekend.

"It's the story of our season. We've beaten Liverpool, drawn with Man United, drawn with Chelsea," he said.

"We do well against the bigger teams when we're the underdogs.

"But then we come unstuck against the teams we know we should beat. We know where we're going wrong, we know we need to come out of the traps well on Saturday and play with the passion we did at Stamford Bridge."