Everton boss Roberto Martinez claimed Saturday’s dismal 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal was a “one-off”.
Defeat for Everton, their eighth at home this season, highlighted the inconsistency of their form which has blighted their campaign.
Martinez’s men have conceded more home Premier League goals than any other side (28), and that is the most they’ve ever conceded in any 38-game Premier League season.
“Today was a one-off. I don’t think we were ourselves in any part of the game and it was frustrating to see such contrasting performances,” said Martinez.
“Seven days ago (when they knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup) we had an intensity which was joyful.
“Today we had doubt and we were pedestrian. We looked like the team that played on Wednesday and travelled in Europe. Arsenal looked the fresh team.
“I don’t think we had one period in the game when we looked like ourselves.
“Normally we create opportunities. We never did that. We were very slow in our build-up.
“It looked like a fearful performance.”