No one was really surprised how Everton played after Sam Allardyce trotted out an ultra-defensive 5-3-2 lineup that battled to a 0-0 draw away at West Bromwich Albion. What was disappointing though was how poor the Blues were going forward against an even poorer home side.
This is becoming a bit of a pattern, but the Blues rode their luck giving up possession and chances, and came away with a point from a miserable Boxing Day at the Hawthorns.
After the game, Allardyce spoke to the media and was disappointed as well by his midfield and forwards.
"Our football was average in possession, which continues to concern me. We are building blocks in terms of being resilient but we need to be better in possession.
"We've got another point, another clean sheet and we look forward to our injured and ill players come back so that, certainly in possession, we can get better."
The Blues imbalanced squad has had a part to play in this, with both Jonjoe Kenny and Cuco Martina looking gassed and no like-for-like subs to give them a respite in this hectic holiday season. With just a few days to go until January, backups in those positions are looking crucial to the Blues chances of mounting any sort of attack on the sides just outside the top six.