Phil Jagielka Insists Everton Must Fear The Drop

Defender says he and teammates would be “stupid” not to be wary of Championship slide.

Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka has insisted that the club must not shy away from the fact that they are in a relegation battle and face up to the reality that they may still find themselves slipping through the trap door, The Sun reports.

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Everton slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Stoke on Wednesday and now sit just six points above QPR in the relegation zone with the London side having a game in hand.

Manager Roberto Martinez is now firmly under pressure for the side’s league performances, despite leading the club into the latter stages of the Europa League, and key man Jagielka has warned that the rest of the side need to face up to reality.

“We have 10 games left in the Premier League and need to start picking up points. This is not where you want to be,” the England defender said.

“We, as players, know we need to buck our ideas up, start performing better and take pressure off the manager and ourselves and start getting points.

“We still have that six-point gap but we are not taking anything lightly. We have some tough games coming up and we need to start winning sooner rather than later.”

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