SYLVAIN DISTIN is determined not to let Everton wallow in self-pity after another infuriating slip-up at Goodison.
The Blues’ 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic on Saturday extended their winless streak to seven games, and meant they have only taken maximum points at home twice this season.
The French defender admitted it is difficult to maintain self belief among the squad as they continue to miss chances to win games, but insisted the current group of players will fight on – regardless of whether new signings arrive in January.
He said: “What else can we do? Do we give up or carry on? We have no choice, we carry on working and I am sure our luck will change.
“It is not my job or my position to talk about whether we need new players. Everybody always wants new players.
“It is a team game. I am not going to start blaming anyone because we have made mistakes at the back in some games where we have scored and that has cost us points. It is not individuals, but the whole team.
“I said last week and I will say it again I am not worried because I think we created a lot of chances.
“If we hadn’t created the chances then maybe it would be difficult, but we create them so it is about fine tuning - the last pass, the last shot - but the most important thing is creating the chances.
“I have been in the game long enough to know that one goal can change everything. It is a bad run. That’s football, you have to deal with that, but we can change that next week.”
Distin admitted Everton will miss Tim Cahill when he departs for the Asia Cup – especially with their current lack of firepower.
He said: “He is the one scoring goals and he will be a big miss, but there is not much you can do about it.
“We are not going to start crying, ‘oh we are going to miss him, we are going to miss him.’ We have to carry on and do without him because we have no choice.”
Meanwhile, Phil Jagielka said Everton must take the positives from another “frustrating” afternoon.
Jagielka was disappointed at the Blues’ failure to convert their dominance into three points, he says the creativity displayed and a first clean sheet in seven games gives them something to build on heading into a hectic festive fixture list.
He said: “It was a frustrating day. With the chances we created, we were hoping to get the three points and start climbing up the table.
“Unfortunately, we just couldn’t quite find the back of the net. But we’ve still got a point and a clean sheet and hopefully we can build on that.”
Everton had 12 shots on goal to Wigan’s four, while Louis Saha and Tim Cahill both went agonisingly close to providing finishing touches after good build-up play.
He said: “Looking back at that you think it’s one of those where perhaps it wasn’t supposed to be our day,” said the England international. “The lads are gutted. We’re obviously a little bit low on confidence at the moment but if one of those were to have gone in, I think we’d have probably seen the game out.
“It would have been twice as frustrating if we’d created no chances but, as it was, there were a few out there. But sometimes it happens. Unfortunately, we’ve had a slow start in front of goal this season - all of us - and hopefully that will change soon.”