Seamus Coleman has told his Everton side they need to “stand up and be counted” ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Millwall.
The Toffees lost 2-1 at Southampton on Saturday.
And captain Coleman had some harsh words about the display on the South Coast.
Everton follow up with a fourth round test at The Den in a televised 5.30pm kick-off. Millwall knocked Leicester City, then defending Premier League champions, AFC Bournemouth and Watford out of the competition on their way to the quarter-finals in 2017.
“They [Southampton] kind of out-battled us and that’s disappointing,” said Coleman. “I’ve been here a long time and the minimum when you play for Everton is that you battle to the very end and keep fighting.
“They beat us to second balls a lot and that’s the biggest disappointment from our point of view.
“There is no magic potion – we just need to work hard and keep battling. At the minute we are not getting back-to-back wins, which always breeds confidence.
“We all have to look ourselves in the mirror and ask if we performed well enough or did enough for the shirt. I think a lot of us will say that we didn’t.
“You don’t want to keep saying that we had new players coming in and trying to organise that – as a whole we need to be better. We need to stand up and be counted. At the minute, we all need to do better.”