The Blues have been left disappointed as their impressive early-season form has stalled somewhat of late. They were booed off by a minority of supporters at Goodison Park on Saturday, having conceded a last-minute equaliser to Norwich City in a game they could and should have won. It is becoming a recurring theme for David Moyes’ side. The Norwich stalemate was the third time in four games that Everton have failed to win a game they had dominated. They remain fifth in the Premier League table, but have now won just three of their last 11 league fixtures.
“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot a bit in the last few games,” admits Jagielka.
“We’ve not kicked on when we’ve started games well.
“Against Reading in the first half we played as well as we have done all season. I had a couple of chances myself, the strikers had a couple of chances and so did the midfielders. But we never took them, and we came out at the start of the second half a bit sloppy, and before you know it we were 2-1 down.
“With the couple of injuries that we’ve got, the squad isn’t looking quite as strong as it was at the beginning of the season, and maybe that doesn’t help.
“But we’re normally talking about not having many points at this stage of the season. We usually play for two-thirds of the season and forget the other one. So we can’t get hung up on results.
“We should have done better (in recent games), but there’s plenty left in the season and we’ve still got a decent platform to build on.
“If we were playing hopeless football, and not getting anywhere near the goal, not making their goalkeeper make saves, then there would be bigger issues to deal with.