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Everton boss David Moyes feels his side need to get back to basics if they are to climb out of trouble.

The Toffees are a world away from the team who finished fourth last term, with defeat at Spurs on Saturday leaving them with just three points from eight games.

Everton were holding their own at White Hart Lane until a sloppy pass from Joseph Yobo allowed Spurs the chance to take the lead.

Moyes was left to rue Yobo's aberration in the 2-0 defeat and has called on his players to go back to basics.

"There was no need for the crossfield pass which led to their first goal. That probably changed it as, when the goal came, it was going to make it very difficult for us," said the Scot.

"In the situation you're in, you hope to do the basics right and, if you can add something else to that, then fine. Sometimes you can make those passes and they don't work but they don't lead to a goal.

"This time, it led to a goal and we can't afford that. We have to stick to doing the simple things well. If we can't pull off the hard things, then don't bother with them until we sort out the basics.

"We're getting punished for every mistake and, as we're not scoring goals, we get a bit down when we concede."