Neville: Spirit will save Toffees

David Moyes’ side slipped to the foot of the Premier League table

on Saturday following a 0-0 draw with Fulham. They are the only

side in the top flight yet to record a win this season, with just

three points taken from their six fixtures so far. Neville

acknowledges that the situation is becoming increasingly perilous,

but is adamant that his side can turn the corner. The Toffees are

notoriously slow starters and no-one at Goodison Park is getting

overly concerned just yet. Neville said: “You come off the field

quite pleased with the performance and find you’re bottom of the

league, but if you don’t win football matches it’s where you

deserve to be. “When I joined the club five years ago we lost six

of the first eight, including six on the trot. I couldn’t see where

the next win was coming from. “I remember saying to Leon Osman, ‘Do

you think we’ll go down?’ He said, ‘Don’t worry. Everton are slow

starters but the spirit will show through’. “That comment has

stayed with both of us ever since. The spirit now needs to shine

through. “We had qualified for the Champions League the previous

season but that was a totally different kind of team – it was

up-and-at-’em, in your faces. We have progressed from there. “We

have players who have played at World Cup finals. The quality needs

to shine through now. It’s time to stand up and be tough. “That

doesn’t mean going out and kicking people, it means doing the right

things all the time and winning football matches. “There’s no point

feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to go to Birmingham next week

and, at the moment, draws aren’t good enough for us.”