Striker Romelu Lukaku has urged his side to become more clinical in front of goal as they try to climb up the Premier League table.
The Toffees, 18.00 to win the FA Cup, are 11th in the league following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Hull at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez’s side started the 2014/15 campaign in poor form but they finally responded in October and last month. Domestic wins over Aston Villa, Burnley, and West Ham were added to an impressive run in the Europa League as the Merseyside outfit went eight matches unbeaten.
However, they were beaten by Tottenham on Sunday and are now seven points away from the top four.
Lukaku was on hand on Wednesday to fire the Toffees in front but they were pegged back after Sone Aluko slotted the ball home from a tight angle.
A number of chances were wasted by Martinez’s side and Lukaku has demanded more from his team in front of goal.
“We need to manage the game better when we are leading,” he said.
“It’s something we need to work on as when we score we have a tendency to concede quickly after the goal.
“Up front we need to be a bit more clinical. Before Hull scored we had two chances to win the game. In that situation you really need to try and score the second goal as quick as possible if you want to be in cruise control. In this league, any team can come back to get a result.
“We have a good squad but now things aren’t going for us. We need to fight and stay mentally strong.”