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Phil Neville says Everton are in a relegation dogfight

Phil Neville
Neville has three goals in 187 league appearances for Everton

Everton captain Phil Neville says the Blues are now in a "dogfight" after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton.

After their eighth league loss of the season, David Moyes' side are just three points above the drop zone.

"Rather than looking up we're in a real dogfight and that's me being honest," Neville told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"The incentive before the game was to get the three points and shoot up the league to eighth position. That performance wasn't up to scratch."

Before Sunday's game at the Reebok Stadium, Everton's squad was depleted by injuries to in-form striker Louis Saha, who scored four goals against Blackpool, and midfielder Jack Rodwell.

But the former England international is not using their absence as an excuse for the latest setback.

"You get injuries, you've got to deal with it and we've got a [good enough] squad," Neville added. "The manager put a squad together at the beginning of the season and you've got to deal with it.

"It's all part and parcel of football."

The Blues now have a break from the league, as they prepare for their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Neville seeking a response.

"We're all disappointed but there is no better cup competition to lift yourself in and we need to salvage something from the season," he said.

"We've got confidence going down there and we've got a good record down there. There is no better way to get out of this disappointment."

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13 Feb 11 |  Premier League
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