Belfast Telegraph

Jagielka gutted after missing huge chance to lift the gloom at Everton

By Mark Bryans

Phil Jagielka admits reaching the FA Cup final would have eased the frustration of a poor season for Everton.

A last-gasp Anthony Martial goal saw Manchester United win 2-1 in their semi-final meeting with the Toffees to keep the pressure on boss Roberto Martinez.

Everton have struggled for consistency this campaign and Martinez has come under scrutiny from supporters, who are unhappy with recent performances.

Just one win from their last nine matches has seen them lose at Wembley and slip into the bottom half of the Premier League.

And, after returning to the side prematurely following an injury, Jagielka felt reaching the May 21 final would have gone a long way to lifting the gloom.

"We have played well in patches," said the England defender, who lost the ball to Ander Herrera in the build-up to United's winner.

"People are quick to point out our negative stuff and we accept it. We're not in the place we should be in the league.

"It was a misplaced pass, it hits his heel and then he toes it through - you can tell by my face it's devastating.

"The game was make or break and we didn't take our chances when we should (have)."

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