David Unsworth in his post-match interview stated Everton’s performance against Southampton was “totally unacceptable” and called on his senior players to step up.
The caretaker manager told Sky Sports that Toffees fans were right to be “furious” about the 4-1 defeat to the Saints on Sunday because he was too, before pointing the finger at some of his players.
“The players have to take responsibility,” stated Unsworth, believing, “it’s really important the senior players take the responsibility.”
The 44-year-old passionately continued: “We’re in a fight, the only way you get out of fight is by standing up and being counted.
“You can’t shirk your responsibilities, you have to stand proud and stand together; there’s not enough of that at the moment.”
The 4-1 loss courtesy of the Saints was the side’s second heavy defeat in three days, with Everton losing 5-1 to Atalanta on Thursday in the Europa League.
The Toffees are out of the Europa League despite having a game left and they are 16th in the Premier League only two points clear of relegation.
The caretaker boss looked to the club’s current manager hunt as a factor behind the poor performances, believing the players can use it as an excuse and it must be “solved” now.
Farhad Moshiri announced on Friday that the club were close to an appointment, having narrowed it down to three candidates.
Everton are next in action on Wednesday against fellow relegation battlers West Ham.
In other Everton news, fans annihilated this senior player for his performance against the Saints.