Sep 222014

Sylvain Distin has urged Everton not to panic as they strive to solve their defensive woes.

The Blues conceded three against Crystal Palace in a 3-2 defeat at Goodison on Sunday, which saw them become the leakiest defence in the Premier League so far this term.

But Distin insists Roberto Martinez’s men will rediscover their solid base, and need only cut out basic errors to get back on the right track.

He said: “I don’t see what huge changes you can make. We’ve been solid for five or six years. Over the past three or four season we’re the third best defence in the league.

“It depends how you want to look at it; you can start panicking and thinking “What’s going on?” but I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.

“You have to remember where you come from, what you are good at and what you’ve been doing well for so many years.

“Every team goes through tough times. Look at a club like United (who lost 5-3 at Leicester). Everyone thought they were back on track but they’re not yet.

“That’s the beauty of the Premier League. When you are scoring plenty of goals everything is fine, but when you are conceding many it’s hard. You have to refocus and things will turn out OK.

“We’ve conceded a lot of goals. It’s the Premier League and you get punished.

“Maybe we’ve missed a bit of luck, a bit of communication. I don’t think it’s one thing, maybe a few little things together.

“If you look at the chances they created it wasn’t that many. We just need to eradicate the mistakes and sort out that miscommunication.”

Distin was back in action after missing the last two games with a dead leg, but it was an unhappy return as a Palace first-half penalty completely changed the pattern of the game.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka on his knees as Crystal Palace score their winning goal to win 3-2. Photo by Colin Lane VIEW GALLERY  

“It was nice to be back playing but I couldn’t be leased after how it went,” he said. “I’m still waiting for my first win this season. We used to be strong at the back and not concede goals but at the moment it’s not going our way at all.

“We get punished for every mistake which is difficult but all we can do is keep together, keep working hard and make sure we get back on track.

“It’s about the small margins in the Premier League. They didn’t go our way and we have to ensure next time they do.

“I don’t know any teams that don’t go through a tough time in the season. It happens to us and it happens to everyone. You need to keep positive and keep working through it.

“There’s no secret to it.

“We kept the ball well and created a lot of chances at first. But then all of a sudden out of nowhere they got a goal.

“That’s something we need to focus on.”

Everton now face a trip to Swansea on Tuesday night in the Capitol One Cup, and the defender is glad it will provide a chance for the players to quickly atone.

“We have to recover now for Swansea,” he said. “There are lots of games and we need everybody fit. We’ve got a big squad compared to what we used to have and we’re going to need everybody.

“You can’t stay on the pitch all the time when you have three games in three days. It is good to have another game coming up so quickly so we don’t think too much about this.”

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