Everton conspired to twice throw away leads to newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth and ended up drawing 3-3. The two points dropped will weigh heavily on the minds of Everton's manager, players and fans alike. Roberto Martinez saves his substitutions till late in a second half that they were overrun by the hosts. The players looked over-confident in the second half and lackadaisical after Ross Barkley had put them ahead 3-2 with virtually no time left on the clock. And the fans in the away end had stormed the pitch after Barkley's goal, undoubtedly contributing to referee Kevin Friend's decision to add over three minutes to the clock when there were less than thirst seconds to go at the time the fifth goal of the game was scored.
The manager confirmed that midfielder James McCarthy was withdrawn because of an injury.
"He over-extended his groin and couldn't carry on. It's a concern for us because he is not the kind of player who would come off for anything. We will assess him and make a decision about Tuesday."
He also spoke about his disappointment in the team's play for all the hosts' goals.
"The first goal that they scored is a world class finish. But it could have hit the post and gone anywhere. Then the cross for the third goal is a hopeful one and the finish is a disappointing one for us. But it came from momentum and throwing bodies forward.
"Unfortunately we couldn't defend that action. Overall, to start in the manner that we did, getting the two goals, then the reaction to them coming back at 2-2, means it is very tough to not take the three points.
"This needs to get us more determined and have a stronger desire to win games in the Premier League."
Martinez noted his frustration with the lack of composure.
"Our first-half performance was very good. We were in control, dominant and scored two goals. But in the second half we lost control, though you must expect the home side to come at you.
"We lacked that instinct to put the game to bed. With a two-goal lead you feel very comfortable. After the equaliser we showed good character to score a third. But it was a massive, massive blow to concede so late in the game, and it's a feeling of dropping two points.
"As a team we just had to control the final moments, and we should have expected Bournemouth to put balls into the box."
He also mentioned that he felt that Everton had done enough to come away with three points.
"Take nothing away from Bournemouth, they got themselves back in it. But that is when you get tested and you find out whether you have that winning mentality. To get that third goal was a big moment in the game.
"But straight after, we start the play with an extra defender, and all we need to do is see the game out.
"It's a hopeful ball into the box and suddenly it is in the back of the net. That's what happens in football. Bournemouth got that little bit of luck.
"From our point of view, we felt that we lost two points at two stages in the game. That is a feeling that is difficult to explain."
He did question the referee putting on additional time to the time already added on.
"I don't know why the referee allowed play to continue for so long, but maybe it was luck for Bournemouth which they haven't had all season.
"The third goal should have been enough for us to win the match. You can imagine, the dressing room is a place of real disappointment, which is something we now have to get over."
Frustration all around today in the Everton camp after this winnable (and won) game.