The Toffees slumped to their third winless outing on the trot in the Premier League on Monday as visitors Crystal Palace left Goodison Park with one point in the bag after holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw.


Everton went ahead in the 56th minute with a James Rodriguez strike, but an 86th minute equaliser by Michy Batshuayi restored parity for the visitors in a game which saw the home team failing to capitalise on the plethora of goalscoring opportunities they created.



The result has come as a blow to Everton in their quest to seal a European spot finish in the current campaign and Ball is of the view that the Toffees stars are lacking a fighting spirit and hunger to win.


Ex-Toffee Ball admitted it is frustrating to see Everton stars seemingly not hurt after failing to win a football game, an attitude which he insists need to change immediately.



“Where’s that fight? I’m sick of hearing the soundbites after the draws and the defeats”, Ball wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.


“You want to see that fight and hunger on the pitch!



“But I don’t see it with this group of players and it’s not the first time.


“Where is that desire and frustration to go and push for a winner when Palace equalised? They were still passing it backwards and sideways.


“Where was someone in midfield getting the ball, taking the game by the scruff of the neck? Instead, Michael Keane was playing passes on the halfway line.


“The players just don’t seem to be hurt if they don’t win a football game. It is so frustrating.”


Everton are currently eighth in the standings with 47 points, two points adrift of the top six, but have a game in hand.