Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Jag: We won't look back in anger

Phil Jagielka believes Everton need to approach the final nine matches with a slightly different attitude

Everton defender Phil Jagielka insists there will be no lingering resentment when Stoke visit Goodison Park at the weekend.

The previous clash between the clubs in December saw Marouane Fellaini head-butt Ryan Shawcross in the face after what the Toffees believed was considerable provocation throughout the match.

Jagielka said: "We won't look back at the game, though, because now we need to concentrate on being positive and getting the right results."

The incident was missed by the officials but Fellaini served a three-match ban and was absent from much of the busy festive period and the midfielder, along with team-mate Steven Pienaar, is also suspended for the Potters' visit on Saturday.

However, Jagielka stressed the players who are available will be focused on building on their most recent league outing, when they beat last season's champions Manchester City.

"Obviously we didn't enjoy the way it was when we played at Stoke," said the centre-back.

"I don't think we got any help from the officials at all. You can't condone what Felli did but in the build-up he was getting wrestled all the time."

With David Moyes' side sixth in the table, six points off the top four, Jagielka believes they need to approach the final nine matches with a slightly different attitude.

"We need to win games now," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"If we were to draw I'm not saying it would be the end of the season but we have to go out ultra-positive and really take it to teams and see how we go."

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