Everton defender Phil Jagielka admits reaching the FA Cup final would have eased the fans’ frustration after a poor season.
The Blues have struggled for consistency and boss Roberto Martinez has come under scrutiny from the club’s supporters, who are unhappy with recent performances.
Just one win from their last nine matches has seen them lose the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United and also slip into the bottom half of the Premier League.
And after returning to the side prematurely following injury, Jagielka felt reaching the May 21 cup final would have gone a long way to lifting the doom and gloom.
“We have played well in patches,” said the England international. “People are quick to point out our negative stuff and we accept it. We’re not in the place we should be in the league.
“It’s been a frustrating season for the players, manager and coaching staff.”