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Leighton Baines blames lack of chemistry at Everton after another defeat

Published 04/04/2016

Leighton Baines has questioned the chemistry in Everton's team
Leighton Baines has questioned the chemistry in Everton's team

Leighton Baines has claimed Everton's players lack chemistry following a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat at the weekend.

The Toffees fell to a 1-0 loss at Manchester United on Sunday and were booed off by the travelling fans, whose side are 12th in the table and level on points with Bournemouth.

Although Roberto Martinez's side have an FA Cup semi-final to contest later this month, their league form has frustrated supporters that believe a squad featuring John Stones, Ross Barkley and 25-goal striker Romelu Lukaku should be higher up the division.

And Baines insists Everton's current team are not gelling together as they should.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: "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 13 points separating the Toffees and sixth-placed West Ham, European qualification through the league is now seemingly out of reach.

Baines has therefore urged his team-mates to put things right ahead of their semi-final date at Wembley to try and salvage what is turning out to be a disappointing campaign.

"We're not where we should be," the 31-year-old added

"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."

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