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Everton players weary of being drawn into a relegation battle

| 13.12.2010

Phil Jagielka has admitted Everton’s current form is affecting team morale as the Merseyside club continue to look over their shoulder after the draw with Wigan on Saturday.

With the Premier League being so tight this year, just 11 points separate 18th place and 5th place, David Moyes will know that his Everton side can’t just waltz away from the relegation zone and that hard graft is needed within his squad.

But with Jagielka admitting that team morale is low, it’s going to be harder than ever for Moyes to galvanize his side and the 20/1 for Everton to be relegated will shorten dramatically should Moyes not turn around his sides fortunes.

“You can’t ignore the table, we are too far gone in the season,” said Jagielka. ”It is a very apprehensive changing room.

”If it had been three or four games in we may have not bothered looking at the table but the number of games we have played now the league has started to take shape.

Everton are currently in 15th place just two points off the relegation spot’s and David Moyes needs will know that this Christmas period will be crucial in shaping the rest of Everton’s season.

Next up for Everton is a trip to Manchester City and considering Roberto Mancini’s side have just gone level on points with Arsenal at the top of the table, three points at Eastlands may be an unrealistic target.

But following the Man City game, Everton host Birmingham and then travel to West Ham and those two games could define Everton’s season.

West Ham are the favourites for relegation at 4/9, but Birmingham are also in the mix at 7/2 and if Everton can pick up six points from those two games, they will draw clear from the relegation zone.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.