Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that Leighton Baines has apologised for stating his players lack chemistry.
With Everton losing four out of five matches, Martinez is under pressure to produce positive results.
But Martinez has received an apology from the left-back and also insisted that much of what he said was misinterpreted by the media.
“There are two aspects of that,” Martinez said ahead of Saturday’s match at Watford.
“First, it is very disappointing when you see a misinterpretation of certain words that a player says and clearly this has taken out of context in the way that it has come out.
“The other aspect is someone with the experience of Leighton Baines – I have had a chat with him – he knows he has to take responsibility for those words.
“He has put himself in a position where he has given the wrong words and allowed the wrong interpretation.
“Those words they have given the opportunity to maybe attract a meaning that is not right, not correct and obviously he has apologised and taken responsibility for that, for leaving those words open.
“That is what we expect – a senior figure at Everton to take responsibility and make sure we speak on the pitch and the way to do that is against Watford.
“He has apologised and is ready to move forward – the place to talk is on the pitch.”