Everton won 3-2 against Fulham on Sunday to bring an end to a three-game losing run.
That concerning statistic may be put to bed but another is still running; Everton have let in two or more goals in their last six Premier League games.
That hasn’t happened since October 2008 and Carlo Ancelotti switched to a back three at Craven Cottage, likely with greater stability in mind.
Former Toffees goalkeeper Nigel Martyn shared his thoughts on the defence with Everton News during an exclusive interview.
“Defensively, I still think we look a bit vulnerable,” said Martyn. “Not just the two goals but there were other instances as well.
“They looked really solid at times and Allan does a good job sitting, but they still looked vulnerable at the back. I didn’t think Yerry Mina had his best game, he looked a little bit off the pace.
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“I don’t know if that comes off a difficult trip away. At times, Allan instead of staying with his man, he follows the ball.
“I’m sure that’s something the manager will be pointing out. It’s a simple thing and it’s so easy to do and it’s usually full backs who get done like that. As a game, it was open and there were lots of chances.”
“Sometimes they’re very close together and sometimes they’re too far apart and that comes down to a certain about of communication.
“That comes down to working on the training pitch on different scenarios on how to protect each other and force the opposition to do the thing they want you to do.”
Everton can’t continue going into games needing three goals to get a win – it’s not sustainable.
Mason Holgate’s return to fitness should help, as he’s comfortable playing right back and centre half, and even anchoring the midfield.
As Martyn says, it’s a case of working on it in training and Ancelotti will hope to see the results on the pitch.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive