“I’m disappointed. We knew it was going to be difficult and Hull’s result [a 2-0 defeat against Sunderland] gave them a boost. The attitude of our players was good but in the last few games we have had more problems creating and scoring goals. We haven’t scored in our past three games now and that’s a problem.
“We were a little bit unlucky in several moments in the box. They were fighting for their lives in defending and keeping a clean sheet.
“I think we showed good work-rate today. It was different to the West Ham away game and we had a good performance, but we didn’t score. We [are finding it] difficult to create open chances and maybe we were more dangerous in the final part of the game than we were in the first half. We did everything but they defended well and we didn’t defend well for their goal - we didn’t stop the cross and then at the far post the striker is really tall and strong.
“I spoke to the players straight after the game and said we need to prepare ourselves for Friday. The fans deserve a good performance and a win.”
Everton fans were rightly displeased by the no-show as well, with wantaway forwards Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley mostly uninterested and the entire Blues’ performance carrying an air of lackadaisical disdain for the game.