Everton boss Ronald Koeman has praised his team’s commitment despite another poor display and result at Goodison Park.
The Blues were beaten 1-0 by Burnley and – contrary to Koeman’s comments – there were a number of players who appeared to not only lack confidence, but also commitment to the cause.
“Of course, we’re disappointed about the final result,” said Koeman.
“Not disappointed with the commitment of the players today because I think it was totally different.
“In these circumstances you need to score the goal.
“I thought we started really well but we missed some good chances.
“You need to be at your best to create and that wasn’t at the level that we need to get at least one point.
“The start was really good. It was aggressive, it was direct play and we won a lot of second balls.
“If you get a lot of chances then you need that goal.
“But OK, we tried everything. We had many crosses, we had many headers and we created good chances but we were not lucky.
“In the way that we fought is the direction to go and we will continue.
“I’m pleased with all the performances of the players. They did everything. The commitment that was showed today is positive.
“Maybe in this situation it’s good to have an international break but it’s all about the game in two weeks and that’s what we have to prepare for.”