The Blues were knocked out of the competition 6-4 on aggregate following a 5-2 loss in Kyiv, and the Toffees’ club captain stated that, whilst it was imperative to bounce back with a victory over Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, he and his fellow team mates were struggling somewhat to come to terms with falling at the round of 16 hurdle.
“We didn’t play as well on the occasion as we should have done,” the 32 year old stated.
“We were creating chances, forcing good saves and hitting the woodwork. But it is ifs, buts and maybes. We have got a good team but unfortunately we didn’t perform the way we should have done on the night.
“It is hard to talk about it right now because emotions are still raw from the game but we have had a pretty good campaign in the competition and we have had some special nights.
“It has been the story of our season where we have had a couple of decent results and you hope it will kickstart things for us and it just hasn’t happened.
“We have had to deal with the frustration of that all season and Sunday is no different. We have had a long journey home from the Ukraine and then a tough game this weekend.
“It always seems to be the way that we have an away game after a long journey in Europe but it is up to us to deal with that. We will be desperate to put in a better performance and get a result on Sunday.