The Toffees have slipped to 14th in the Premier League, just four points above the relegation zone, with just one point from their last three matches. David Moyes' side had appeared to have come through their tough run of fixtures in October and November with back-to-back wins over Wolves and Bolton. But just one goal in three weeks - and that nine minutes from the end of Saturday's home draw with Norwich - has made life a little more uncomfortable as they head into the packed festive schedule. However, Neville has no doubts about the character within the squad. "It is just not falling for us at the moment and we just need to persevere and keep the spirit," he said. "We showed spirit against Arsenal (a 1-0 defeat) and Norwich and I know that is not good enough to win games at the moment but we need to keep that fighting quality. "We can't let it get us down and feel sorry for ourselves. "People are paying good money (to watch) and fans are demanding results and demanding more quality, and from the manager downwards everyone feels the same and we are all hurting at the moment. "We know what we need to do, we know what we require and we have to come through this sticky period we are going through. "The only way to do that is by sticking together and being brave and, as team captain, I look around the dressing room and I think we have got a lot of brave players and that gives me confidence." Fortunately for Everton they have a run of matches against Swansea, Sunderland, West Brom and Bolton, all teams around or below them, which could well ease the pressure over Christmas and New Year. A lack of goals continues to be a problem for the Toffees with just 16 scored in 15 matches. They have been hampered by recurring injury to Louis Saha while Tuesday will be the first anniversary of midfielder Tim Cahill's last strike in a blue shirt. Everton's leading scorer with three is 19-year-old Apostolos Vellios, and he was dropped from the squad at the weekend, although five players have scored two league goals. On-loan striker Denis Stracqualursi has been given only four short substitute appearances but he got half-an-hour against the Canaries. The Argentinian put in his best display since arriving from Tigres in August to earn praise from both Moyes and Neville. "I thought Denis was outstanding in the best 35-minute showing we've seen from him," the Toffees captain told evertonTV. "He won every header, occupied the back four, he caused problems and fought for every ball. "That is what you need from your strikers here and the boys appreciated that. "Even though he has not been getting his opportunities - and when he has he has probably found it little bit difficult - he has come in to training every day and worked his socks off. "When you work as hard as he does and show that kind of attitude, you get your rewards."