With joint-second place in the Premier League beckoning, Marco Silva’s Everton side got caught looking ahead rather than at the clash in front of them, and were well-beaten by a determined AFC Bournemouth side looking for their first home win of the season.
Speaking after the game, Silva admitted that his side needed to cut out the mistakes.
“It was a big frustration. we lost the game and we gave some things too easily to our opponent. We have to be ruthless away from home and you have to be clinical in attack.
”They won the second ball and the third ball. We reacted and equalised and then we introduced some fresh legs in our attacking line but then we conceded in that moment.
”As always, we have a lot of work to do. Our home form is fantastic but to win our away games we have to be more aggressive and more solid so that we do not concede easy goals.”
All three goals were quite avoidable, with setpiece defending once again coming to the fore and a lapse of concentration accounting for the third.
“Disappointing result, of course. And in some moments, our performance as well. We didn’t deserve anything more when you make mistakes. We conceded the three goals too easily.
“Yes, cheap goals. We have to become that solid team again.”
The Blues continue to falter away from Goodison Park.
“It was not a good moment for us, not a good result for sure. It’s a moment for us to learn.
“Second time away we had some good moments where we were controlling the game, and always we gave our opponent a chance.
“Of course, when you make mistakes like we did this afternoon it’s difficult to win games. We have to learn. We gave too many things easily to them.”
Setpiece defending has come to the fore once again after two goals given up today, and the manager was asked if that issue needed to be addressed.
“We had addressed it last season, and we improved so well.
“For me it’s clear what I had said at the beginning of last season. It’s a matter of focus and perception, and just perform your role.
“The players knew everything our opponents would try to do in that moment, but we need to learn as fast as possible to win football games away.”
With a spot in the higher echelons beckoning, the Blues spurned the opportunity.
“I had told the players it’s a huge opportunity to make a big statement, and in our way show our ambition.
“As we all saw, we could have won this game, and if you don’t make the kind of mistakes we did we could have achieved that.
It’s clearly a moment for us to improve. There’s many things to improve, and we’ll show the players because we cannot keep repeating these kinds of mistakes.”
Andre Gomes was not in the eighteen-man squad for the game today after picking up an injury late on against Wolverhampton.
“He [Gomes] felt something after the Wolves match. He tried to work during the week but in the last days he felt it again.
”It’s the ribs. It’s something we will have to see day by day how he recovers from that situation. What we want to do is get him ready as fast as we can.”