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28th Dec, 2016 | 2:13pm

Everton senior player reveals major sacrifice in transformation

By Matt Farr

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry reveals the club has made a major sacrifice in their bid to regain form.

The Toffees recorded only their first win away from home since September with a 2-0 victory over Leicester on Monday, which left them 11 points off the top-four in seventh place.

The 35-year-old admitted that the team have sacrificed the desire for an aesthetically pleasing style of play, instead focusing fully on getting points on the board.

Ronald Koeman’s side have won just seven of their 18 Premier League games this season, and Barry believes there is much improvement ahead.

He told the Daily Star: “The performance shows where we are as a team.

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“We’re not playing the sort of football where fans are going to be applauding the passes but it was about getting three points. The game plan was to be patient.

“We changed it to three at the back to keep the ball in the first-half and stop them having it. Eventually we took the chances and we defended well overall.”

Everton’s patient approach paid dividends in the end, securing both three points and a clean sheet – only their fourth of the campaign – at Leicester’s expense.

But Barry also urged that Everton would only gradually ease the excitement and attractive football back into their game, and called for patience from the fans.

Koeman and co. now turn their attention to Friday’s fixture against struggling Hull, who are without a win in seven games, before a meeting with Southampton two days’ later.

The Saints are currently just a point behind Everton in the league, but can go two points clear with a win over Tottenham on Wednesday.

In other Everton news, Romelu Lukaku has revealed this reason as the key to their victory over Leicester.