Everton manager Marco Silva had no doubts his side “deserved three points” after being held to a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
On the back of an incredible 4-0 victory over Manchester United last week, Everton headed over to Selhurst Park confident of taking another step closer towards their main objective of a seventh-place finish in the Premier League.
Silva’s men got off to a bright start and seemingly had the measure of Palace throughout the match.
Despite registering 22 shots at goal, however, Everton failed to put a single one of them in the net. Also, only three of their attempts to break the deadlock ended up being on target.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was, perhaps, guilty of wasting some superb chances following crosses from Richarlison and Seamus Coleman.
Nevertheless, Everton moved up to eighth place in the Premier League. At the same time, though, they’ve fallen four points behind Wolves in seventh following the latter’s 2-1 win at Watford.
“No doubt we were the best team on the pitch,” Silva told BBC.
“We deserved three points. From the first minute, we tried everything.
“We had chances to score. we have to be more clinical. It’s something we keeping working to achieve. The most important thing is that we did everything.
“We created chances but the ball didn’t want to go in the net. We have to look realistically at our performance. The connections between the players are coming more easily.”
Meanwhile, Max Meyer and James McArthur both missed chances to grab an unlikely winner for Palace after the break.
But Eagles boss Roy Hodgson was pleased to come away with a hard-fought point anyway.
“I’m pleased to get a point. I thought Everton were good,” Hodgson told BBC.
“At half-time, I was very disappointed with our performance but we were much better in the second half. I must give the players a lot of credit for sticking at their task and showing character.
“But that’s football. Sometimes you don’t always get what you want and you have to deal with any situation the game throws up.
“Normally, our passing isn’t that bad but today it wasn’t as good as it should be.
“You always have to give credit to the opposition, but they didn’t find the level they found last week. They were much more compact when we had the ball. Our centre-backs had a pretty dominant day against their forwards.
“I’m a little disappointed that today, after the euphoria of last week’s result, we didn’t come here today and put on a splendid show.
“But football gives you those type of games. It wasn’t for lack of trying. Defensively, we did all that was asked of us.”
Palace remain 12th in the Premier League table.