Everton manager Marco Silva says Southampton deserved to win and slammed his side for not being aggressive enough in their 2-1 loss at St Mary’s on Saturday.
After a goalless first half, James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring to give Southampton the lead in the 50th minute.
The hosts doubled their advantage 14 minutes later through Lucas Digne’s unfortunate own goal.
Gyfil Sigurdsson reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but it was too late for the Toffees to find the equalizer and the game ended 2-1.
“To be honest they deserved the three points,” Silva told Sky Sports.
“They scored a fantastic goal when we started the second half better. We had a big chance before them in the second half, but they deserved it because they were more aggressive during the match.
“When something that happens like that and you’re playing against teams that are fighting to really get out of the danger zone, we have to put in the same levels of aggression as them.
“After that comes the quality above because, in that moment, we can show quality but before we have to be as aggressive as them and we didn’t do that this afternoon.
“Of course we can speak about how they scored the goals. Maybe in one moment, we were better than them in the second half but they had some chances in the first half to do that.”