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(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Goals may be difficult to come by when Everton welcome Swansea to Goodison Park on Wednesday.
The Toffees have scored only 16 goals in 15 league matches this season and conceded just 19. Visitors Swansea have failed to score in four of their last six matches, but have also have also kept eight clean sheets this term.
Both sides defend well but have clearly had problems finding the net at the other end of the park. Everton's Australia international Tim Cahill has suffered a surprising personal drought and has gone 12 months without scoring a league goal.
When Lee Osman scored the equaliser in last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Norwich it was the first goal Everton had scored in 272 minutes of league action.
Captain Phil Neville is confident the Everton squad is strong enough to turn their season around, despite having watched the Toffees slip to 14th in the table - just four points above the drop zone.
Neville said: "It is just not falling for us at the moment and we just need to persevere and keep the spirit.
"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."
Swansea, who are 12th in the standings with 18 points from 16 matches, secured a 0-0 draw at Newcastle on Saturday, a result which left the Welsh side still looking for their first away win.
Wales midfielder Joe Allen believes Swansea can break their duck with a victory at Everton.
Allen said: "We're getting more and more confident on the road and we're looking forward to Wednesday's game to see if we can get that first away win.
"It would get the monkey off our back, but it's not something that overly bothering us - we're confident it will happen.
"You can speak about so many grounds that will be tough to travel to this season and Goodison Park is another one.
"We'll have to show resolve at in some parts of the game, I'm sure, then we'll have to go up the other end, create some chances and score some goals.
"There's no reason why we can't go to places like that and get results.
"It's a shame we haven't got that victory before now but there have been some positive performances and it's important to remember that."
Swansea received a boost ahead of Wednesday's game when Spanish defender Angel Rangel was declared fit to face the Toffees. Rangel suffered an ankle injury during the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa last month and it was feared he might be sidelined until January.
Updated December 19, 2011