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Five thoughts: Everton at Stoke City

Oh dear. Five separate thoughts but you might sense a theme...

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Enough is enough

0-2, 0-2, 2-2, 0-1, 0-0. That's just the last five results. If you look back further the list of teams who have beaten Everton is long. Only six wins from 28 in the league. Surely this is the point of no return? The kind of performances that Everton are turning in now would never have happened under David Moyes. Who would have thought that barely twelve months ago every Evertonian thought they'd struck lucky and upgraded managers. Oh how wrong that turned out to be. Make no mistake Roberto Martinez is floundering and the similarities with his relegation season with Wigan are startling. The time for action has arrived, as Everton are currently walking towards the Championship with barely a flicker of life.

Bill Kenwright

As the only man who can take that action it's typical of Kenwright that he's disappeared into the shadows. It's also interesting that Martinez chose this week to proclaim how great his boss is, he's a fan not a chairman everyone! Great, he needs to be the man in charge right now and make a decisive decision. Stick or twist. There hasn't been a more important time for this football club since this same month ten years ago.

Unchanged team

Every game there is a different starting eleven meaning there's no consistency of performance - well there is but not in the way you'd want. Go back to the decision to replace Joel Robles with Tim Howard thereby disrupting a settled defensive line-up that was starting to gel, it's not gone well since then not a single clean sheet. Mirallas, Barkley, Naismith, Besic, Lennon, each makes way either during the game or for the next game, no wonder there's a lack of confidence in the team in attacking areas, and a lack of cohesion across the pitch.

Where isn't there a problem

Our best players want to leave; Kevin Mirallas has looked a different player since saying he wanted the Champions League next season; Ross Barkley has been little short of awful; Steven Naismith is playing out of position and out of form; Romelu Lukaku has missed the most clear cut chances in the top flight (6) ; Tim Howard has made the most individual errors of any goalkeeper (4) in the top flight; the list goes on. The team can't score and can't keep clean sheets. Where will it end.

Ten games, ten points

This is the most depressing bit; can Everton get the ten points needed for safety from the ten games remaining? The last ten games suggest not, it's relegation form. There are winnable games, Newcastle at Goodison and QPR away are up next and are six pointers. That we're even having to look at the games in this way is a disgrace but the reality is that Everton are in the relegation mix and closer to being bottom of the table that being tenth.