Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that his side are suffering after a disastrous first half of the campaign.
The Blues are currently 12th in the table after losing eight of their first 19 games and winning just five. They have currently lost their last three, with defeats against Southampton, Stoke and Newcastle.
Spaniard Martinez has steadfastly refused to blame his sides attacking philosophies, at the same time declining to change his style in an attempt to get points on the board.
Instead, he believes his side are suffering from a lack of luck and a bit of defensive naivety. "At the moment we are suffering, sometimes through individual errors, sometimes you get three or four major decisions that don't go in your favour and they go against you and you have to cope with that," said Martinez.
However, he does admit that the current poor run of form, which has seen Everton win just one game in seven, has been his most challenging since taking over at Goodison Park. Despite that, he says the last 12 months must be seen as a positive.
"We've become a stronger team than we were last season in many aspects in my eyes but we've become a little bit more open and exposed in terms of conceding goals."
Do you agree with Martinez's comments? Are Everton suffering from unfortunate decisions and bad luck at the moment or is there more to it? Have the last 12 months been positive? Share your thoughts in the comments.