Everton full-back Seamus Coleman calls for defensive improvement

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman

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Everton full-back Seamus Coleman has called for his team to shore up their leaky defence if they want to challenge for European qualification this season.

The Toffees are currently 10th in the Premier League table despite being the third-highest scorers in the top flight, but last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Leicester means only six teams have conceded more goals than Roberto Martinez’ side this campaign.

Republic of Ireland international Coleman believes it is clear where their problems lie, and he insists they must improve defensively if they want to rise further up the table this season.

He said: “We’re conceding too many goals and we need to sort it out. We have great quality going forward and we can score goals so all we need to do is stop conceding silly goals and then we will be where we want to be.”

The Blues have now failed to win any of their last four league games and Coleman believes it is the whole team that needs to improve defensively and the blame cannot solely be attached to the back four.

He added: “It’s not like we’re not trying it’s just that we need to work as a unit, the whole team and not just the back four and keeper, we all need to work well for each other.”

Everton have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 top-flight games, but they will be hoping to buck that trend when they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.

The Merseysiders are available at 2.25 to win the match, whilst the hosts are on offer at 3.20 and the draw is best priced at 3.40.

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