Everton boss Ronald Koeman says that an individual error made the scoreline against Manchester United look much worse than it should have been.
The Blues lost 4-0 at Old Trafford in the latest in a tough run of games which has seen Everton score no goals in three games, and concede ten in the same period.
Koeman watched his side play much better in spells than in the previous games this month, but he was still disappointed in the result.
“That’s football,” he shrugged after the game.
“Sometimes in football you get more than you deserve. Today we didn’t get what we deserved finally.
“We made a big a mistake when it was 1-0, by Ashley Williams, and after that it was over.
“But what I saw of the team today makes me happy – it makes me more happy that I was on Thursday – and OK after half time we grew in the game and in our confidence.
“Not many teams will get those two big chances that we got in the game today.
“We didn’t score though and by a personal mistake it’s 2-0.
“It’s confidence of the players and of the team.
“I try to shoot to them and even to the full-backs to take a higher position, but that’s something is in the head of players after a tough period.
“It’s really difficult. As a manager you try to help them but when the whistle goes it’s all about the players.
“We started too afraid.
“But then we press and we see that Man Utd aren’t that big a team.
“We didn’t deserve this result.”