By Harvey Byrne
Phil Neville has stated that Everton aren’t playing well this season and that he was “disappointed” with their performance against Watford on Saturday.
The Toffees took a 1-0 lead within 20 minutes at Vicarage Road with a Romelu Lukaku strike.
However, they conceded three goals within 30 minutes before Lukaku scored a late consolation in their 3-2 loss.
The defeat has left Ronald Koeman’s side with just one win from their last 10 fixtures and in ninth place.
Former Toffees utility man and Match of the Day pundit Neville believes that the club should be performing a lot better, recalling his time under ex-manager David Moyes.
“The Everton aim should be in that pack along with Manchester United to challenge for fifth or sixth,” started Neville speaking in a Q&A session for Match of the Day’s Facebook page.
“They’ve finished lower down the last couple of years under Roberto Martinez so to get back up to finishing in the types of areas that we used to finish in under David Moyes should be their aim.
“Obviously the cup competitions is something that Everton should be looking to win, but they need to improve on their performances. It looks to me as if they’re not playing well, they’ve lost confidence.
“I was at the game yesterday against Watford and I was so disappointed. It’s the first time I’ve seen Everton live and you get a better feel for things when you’re watching live. I saw a team that lacked a little bit of spirit.”
Everton appointed Dutch manager Koeman in the summer from Southampton after two disappointing 11th placed finishes under the Martinez.
It looked like the Toffees had finally found success earlier on in the campaign with five victories from their first six games in all competitions.
However, the club are now two points worse off at the same stage than they were under the much-maligned Martinez last season.
They have two difficult fixtures coming up at Goodison Park next against top four sides in Arsenal and Liverpool and their form could look even worse than it currently does.
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