Everton boss Roberto Martinez admitted to feeling “considerable frustration” following his side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City.
The Toffees were dominant in the first half and missed a plethora of opportunities in front of goal to add to Romelu Lukaku’s early opener.
Those missed chances were to prove crucial, as Wes Hoolahan forced the ball over the line to equalise following a goalmouth scramble in the Everton box.
“Football can be cruel at times and it was today,” he told reporters. “There is considerable frustration when you create so many chances and you don’t get the second goal.
“You end up having something to lose. Norwich could have been out of the game at half time but we gave them a little bit of hope.
“Then the belief and momentum goes into them with the goal.”
Martinez’s counterpart Alex Neil attributed the change in the game after half time to an increase in his side’s desire, but the Sapniard insists his side wanted it no less after the break.
“I don’t think anything changed – our intensity was as good in the second half as it was in the first.
“When you go away from home, the home side is always going to have a say.”
Everton have now drawn three of their last four Premier League matches and find themselves slipping away towards mid-table, and Martinez admits they need to find a little more ruthlessness in their game.
“In terms of performance, it was very similar to Monday night [against Crystal Palace],” he told Everton’s official website.
“It’s a dominant performance that deserved victory but we have now dropped four points and that’s where we need to grow quickly.
“We have to turn these draws into wins.”