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Published: 10:16 | 5/4/16

Baines: Everton have no chemistry

Everton are not performing as a team because there is a lack of chemistry between the players, according to defender Leighton Baines.

Sunday's 1-0 loss at Manchester United was Everton's third successive Premier League defeat and they are currently 12th in the table, on 38 points, with eight games remaining, although they are still in the FA Cup.

It has been a disappointing season for the club but the campaign will be deemed a success if they go on to lift the FA Cup.

Baines admits they have underperformed and has warned his team-mates that they will need to start working as a group in order to improve their form ahead of the FA Cup semi-final.

"You are only really secure as individuals when you are winning games but even then we will make changes from time to time with what is required tactically,” Baines told the Liverpool Echo.

"I don’t think there is anyone expecting to have their name pencilled in for that game (FA Cup semi-final). But the motivation should be getting your name there.

"I just don’t feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn’t been for a while. We are maybe leaning too heavily on individuals to come up with something.

"We’re in games, we were in the game on Sunday and had a couple of chances, but we’re not performing as a team to the level we know we can or we should be.

"Results have an impact on that because chemistry and confidence go hand in hand.

"Look at the teams who are having success this year and you’d say they have chemistry. If I had to say one thing, I just don’t know if it’s there with us at the moment, for whatever reason."

Everton are due to play Watford, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Liverpool before the FA Cup semi-final against either Manchester United or West Ham and Baines believes they need to get results on the board ahead of the trip to Wembley.

"We want to win everytime we go out to play and we’d like to go into that cup game with a few wins behind us," he explained.

"That’s our season in some respects now, it certainly is from the fans’ point of view and we’ve let them down a lot, it’s our only way of making it up to them.

"To go on and have success in the Cup now. You had the travelling fans there again on Sunday and they are amazing, they follow us wherever we go and generally they have seen us win a few games this season but unfortunately we weren’t able to give them the result or performance we wanted to."

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