Everton manager Frank Lampard feels it is vital that all connected with the club remain calm after another defeat left them deep in relegation trouble.
The Toffees went into Sunday’s home clash with Wolves looking to arrest a run of three straight top-flight losses. However, Conor Coady’s 49th-minute goal gave the West Midlanders all three points. It means the Merseysiders are out of the bottom three on goal difference alone.
They are level on 22 points with Watford but having played three games fewer than the Hornets. And the two clubs directly above – Leeds United and Brentford – have also played three more games.
That may be one positive but the bare facts are that Everton have won just two league matches since late September. They have lost 15 of 19 games since beating Norwich City on September 25.
But despite another reverse and the red card issued to Jonjoe Kenny, the former Chelsea chief saw positives in his side’s display.
“I thought we were the better team in the first half. Wolves always give you a tight game. They don’t score much but they don’t concede much,” he told BBC Sport.
“We played well, not getting the goal and then their goal changes the game in a big sense because it brought out the nervousness in us.”
And the ex-England midfielder believes it is vital that panic does not set in at Goodison Park.
“We must keep our head up and the important thing now is to remain positive,” he added. “There is still a long way to go. We are understanding of that. It’s easy to react very quickly and strongly to the way we are at. There are a lot of games where we need to keep mental strength.”
Lampard urges Everton fight
Everton still have plenty of games to dig themselves out of the hole they are currently in. But their upcoming fixture list is one that not many clubs would envy.
Next up is the visit of in-form Newcastle United. April sees trips to West Ham and Liverpool while Manchester United and Chelsea arrive at Goodison.
“When you’re in the moment when things aren’t going for you, you have to keep working until things turn in your favour,” he told Sky Sports.
“We have belief here but at the moment it’s tough. It’s been a long time since the club has not been winning the games we want. We have to keep fighting and keep working, simple as that.
“The Premier League gives you tough games every game. We need to turn a corner somehow.
“It can only come through work and confidence. Everyone wants the same thing here. We want to stay in the Premier League but the first thing is to keep fighting for it.”