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Soccer-Everton must do better, says captain Holgate

LIVERPOOL, England, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Everton captain Mason Holgate said his side must do better following a run of poor performances culminating in a 1-0 home defeat by Leeds United on Saturday.

Everton had two goals ruled out for offside before Raphinha struck the winner for Leeds in the 79th minute as the Toffees slumped to their fourth defeat in five Premier League games.

“We can’t go the entire season winning every single game. We’ve been beaten in a few games now, which we’re not happy with. We know we have to do better than we’re doing and the inconsistency needs to be dropped,” Holgate, leading Everton for the first time, told Sky Sports.

Both sides threw caution to the wind in an end-to-end match that featured 38 attempts on goal, with Holgate and his Everton colleagues the busier of the two defences as Leeds created 23 of them.

“We know what kind of game they like to play - man to man, intensive, back and forth. I think we got dragged into a sling-off, it’s not a game we wanted to get dragged in to,” Holgate said.

“It comes down to who’s going to nick one at the end, (and)unfortunately they’ve nicked one. We played into their hands, which was disappointing,” he added.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti must pick his sixth-placed side up before next Saturday’s visit to struggling Burnley.

“We’ve had more problems in recent games, we have to be focused in every game. We are in a good position in the table still, but we have to have more consistency at the back,” Ancelotti told Sky Sports. (Reporting by Philip O’Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)