Everton captain Phil Neville insists the club can bounce back from a dismal start to the season.
The winless Toffees, dumped out of the Carling Cup by Brentford last week, are bottom of the Premier League having recorded just three points from their opening six games.
But Neville claims no-one at Goodison Park is pressing the panic button just yet and is confident they will soon get their season back on track.
He said: “You come off the field quite pleased with the performance (in the 0-0 draw with Fulham) 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 shrine through.”
And Neville added: “There’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves. We have got to go to Birmingham next week and, at the moment, draws aren’t good enough for us.”