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Baines says that Everton have no chemistry right now

The England left-back commented on yet another disappointing Toffees performance

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Leighton Baines has never been one to mince words in the press, especially when things are not going so well. After Everton dropped to their third consecutive Premier League defeat losing at Manchester United on Sunday, the England left back was not reserved with his assessment of the Toffees' current form.

He spoke to the Liverpool Echo about Everton's current slump:

"I just don't feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn't been for a while.

"We are maybe leaning too heavily on individuals to come up with something.

"We're in games; we were in the game on Sunday and had a couple of chances, but we're not performing as a team to the level we know we can or we should be.

"Results have an impact on that because chemistry and confidence go hand in hand. Look at the teams who are having success this year and you'd say they have chemistry.

"If I had to say one thing, I just don't know if it's there with us at the moment, for whatever reason."

With the upcoming FA Cup semi-final just about the only thing left to play for this season, Baines urged his teammates to put the past behind them and suggested they owed the fans:

"It's another game where we have come away without a win and we're not where we should be.

"We haven't won enough games to make excuses. You get judged at the end of the season and we're getting towards the end of the season, and we're not near a position we should be in given what we've got.

"We're all accountable. We try and put it right but we've not been able to. That's the third loss on the bounce in the league which is disappointing to us all.

"We want to win every time we go out to play and we'd like to go into that cup game with a few wins behind us. That's our season in some respects now, it certainly is from the fans' point of view and we've let them down a lot, it's our only way of making it up to them.

"To go on and have success in the Cup now. You had the travelling fans there again on Sunday and they are amazing, they follow us wherever we go and generally they have seen us win a few games this season but unfortunately we weren't able to give them the result or performance we wanted to."

He insisted that no one should take their place in the side for granted:

"You are only really secure as individuals when you are winning games but even then we will make changes from time to time with what is required tactically.

"I don't think there is anyone expecting to have their name pencilled in for that game (FA Cup semi-final).

"But the motivation should be getting your name there."

It is increasingly looking like Roberto Martinez has lost the dressing room, and one can only hope that the senior players like Baines and captain Phil Jagielka can get the team unified with one purpose again ahead of the Cup game at Wembley.