Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was in no mood to admit the club’s European hopes were over after insisting they are “still in the fight.”
Everton were made to settle for a 0-0 draw that did little to aid their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season. Dominic Calvert-Lewin provided the Toffees’ main threat, but was persistently thwarted by Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez throughout the contest.
The result leaves Everton in eighth position, eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Ancelotti said: “We tried to do everything to win.
“We had a good second half. We did our best.
“We have three games [to try to qualify for Europe], we’re still in the fight. We have to try to win the last three games. I think we need nine points.
“The performance was good. We were good defensively, we didn’t give them a lot of opportunities. We were better offensively. We had some opportunities to score goals.
“We put more energy in the second half.”