PHIL NEVILLE believes a return to basics has sparked an Everton goal rush.
The Blues put three past Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, and the Toffees skipper, who scored his first goal in three years with a wonderful strike in the rout of Mick McCarthy’s team, insists that abandoning the intricate build-up play of earlier in their campaign has sparked a goal glut.
The 34-year-old, who also claims the club still needs to sign another striker this summer, said: “About a month ago the manager said we’re going get back to basics and play to our strengths. It’s amazing that when you simplify your game you score more goals.
“The more players we’re losing the better results we’re getting, the spirit we’re showing at the moment is fantastic, it’s really enjoyable.
“Our strength is our energy and our work-rate and we’ve got back to that this last month, and I think the crowd have warmed to us much better – it is the Everton Way.”
Neville, however, still rues Everton’s annual slow start, that has ruined their dreams of a top four challenge this season.
“I felt at the start of the season we may be challenging the top four, it’s just not happened and I don’t know why,” he said. “For us it’s been really disappointing, I think goal scoring has been our biggest problem and it’s something we need to rectify for next season.
“I think if you ask Evertonians what the season’s been like they’ll say disappointing, but you look at the league table and we're in seventh and I think we’re one of the form teams in the league.”
Meanwhile, Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner has been given leave to remain at relegation-threatened Championship side Preston North End until the end of the season.
The Lilywhites crept off the bottom with Saturday's 1-1 draw at Portsmouth, during which Turner made his 11th league appearance for the club.
The 27-year-old arrived on an emergency loan in February and has replaced Andy Lonergan, who has been training at Finch Farm with Everton, as first choice at Deepdale. Since making his debut in the 1-0 defeat at Hull, the Scottish keeper has missed just one game through injury.