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Lukaku calls on Everton teammates to work harder

Striker frustrated with results like everyone else

Watford v Everton - Premier League
Romelu Lukaku
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Everton’s star striker Romelu Lukaku has urged his fellow Blues to put in more effort to push the Toffees out of their current rut. With just one win in ten Premier League games, Everton have slowly been sliding down the table from their lofty top-three spot early in the season.

"We need to talk as a group - we can't continue like that.

"We need to show a bit more maturity and be honest with each other as well.

"The run we're in is not good. It's not good for the fans and the players as well, because the manager is doing a job and if we continue like that he might put players out of the team.

"We need to work harder and be focused. We need the fans at Goodison as well and we need to get them back on our side."

He called out the last minutes of both the Manchester United and Watford games as moments when their pressure looked to be getting the team somewhere.

"When we work harder on the pitch we get more chances. The last 10 to 15 minutes of the game we created enough chances to equalise or win the game.

"But we didn't start the second half well. We didn't pay enough attention at set plays and lost organisation and shape after the first 30 minutes

"It's always the same story. We always need to get a knock before we react and that needs to stop."

Lukaku also added that breaking his four-game goalless streak brought him little joy in the light of the final result on Saturday.

"You want to play to win. I try to do my best and score the goals so we win, but I would rather win and not score than lose and score.

"The manager is really trying to change the way we start and if you give him enough time I think he'll change it.

"He has good plans for the whole team but if we perform like that it's going to get difficult."