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Rafael Benitez relies on seasoned experience to get Everton out of a slump in the Premier League

Everton manager Rafael Benitez is counting on his seasoned experience to stem the side’s worrying slide but he has warned fans that the pain could linger until the new year.

No win in eight Premier League The matches have increased the pressure on the former Liverpool Bosses with supporters channeled their anger on the board and director of football Marcel Brands following a midweek defeat in the Merseyside derby at home.

Enter a month that includes games against Arsenal, on Monday, Chelsea and Leicester plus a trip to Burnley – and with the main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin are unlikely to return from a thigh injury for at least another two weeks – things could get worse before they get better.

“I have experience in situations like this, to fight for titles and try to avoid relegation and my experience tells me to stay calm, keep working hard, try to fix those things. mistake, then move on,” Benitez said.

“What we want is to stick together because that’s what’s important. It’s been a rough time for us, but we have to move on and work really hard.

“When you’re in a bad state, every game feels ‘must win’.

“I am positive and still have faith that we will do well because we did it at the start of the season.

“I have said so many times that we will do well in season two.

“Now is the time for us to stick together and try to get to January in the best possible position.”

Everton have kept just three clean sheets all season, the most recent being a month ago, and with their situation up front – Demarai Gray’s goal on Wednesday was their first since Day 1. November – Benitez knows they have to tighten up.

“You have to do the basics well, then, bit by bit, we can build on that,” he added.

“We have to be firm and strong, both defending and working as a unit. Then if you get a result or two, we will have more confidence and it will be easier.

“We were really strong at the start of the season. We had a solid defense and played well on the counter-attack.

“We need to go back to those principles and not make mistakes, which will allow the teams a chance to punish us.”

Benitez also called on his players to follow the example of captain Seamus Coleman, who he admits he regrets after his mistake for Liverpool to score a crucial third goal in a 4-1 win Wednesday night.

“Seamus tried really hard to do well and pushed the team in the final weeks to make sure everyone was giving everything and he was the first to give everything and then he made mistakes. and he is very sorry,” said the Spaniard.

“I’m sorry because when you have someone who is so professional and wants to do well for his club, to make a mistake like this is even worse for him and for us.

“Then it was to support him, which we did right away and made sure the rest of the players copied the example of mentality, approach and hard work he was showing. do daily.

“When something goes wrong, it’s really important to show courage and stay calm.

“When you are stressed and anxious, you make more mistakes.

“Calm down and keep working, work harder, if you can. That’s what I’m trying to do with my staff and that’s the message to the players.”

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