Everton boss David Moyes is determined to prove the doubters wrong after his side came under fire for their poor start to the new season.
The Toffees have taken just two points from five Premier League outings, while in midweek they were knocked out of the Carling Cup by League One Brentford.
With a trip to Fulham next on the agenda, Moyes told reporters:"We started the season with the belief, coming off two defeats in 24 last year, that we would start the season well.
"It didn't happen and that affects your confidence. It's disappointing because I didn't expect this. We expected to start better after the good run we had last year.
"We want to do better and nobody cares more than the players, I can see that by their attitude and the way they are training.
"Football pressure is what I do, it is what the players do. It is why we are in the business and we will get on with it.
"I wouldn't say you want to prove people wrong, but I have been in this situation quite a few times now and it is always the same kind of people who come out and say things.
"We turn it around and they come back again when we don't start the season well.
"But it's a difficult run. Five of the opening nine were away and two of the four at home included Manchester United and Liverpool.
"I knew this start was going to be quite a hard one if we didn't get off to a good start against Blackburn and Wolves."