David Unsworth was left frustrated after his young side earned a 0-0 draw at Arsenal.
For a team missing Fraser Hornby, Antony Evans, Josh Bowler and Brendan Galloway, this was a decent point for Everton.
However, with a bit more luck in the early stages it would have been all three.
Unsworth was seething in the fifth minute of the game when Bassala Sambou was sent sprawling inside the penalty area only for the referee to decide against pointing to the spot.
“I thought it looked a blatant penalty,” said Unsworth. “The only reason I can think why the referee hasn’t given it is because it’s so early. But if it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty.”
Shortly after, Dennis Adeniran had a well-struck shot cleared off the line superbly by Danny Ballard and then, from a corner, Morgan Feeney’s goal-bound header was very well saved by Gunners keeper Deyan Iliev.
There was a massive blow for the Toffees before the break when Lewis Gibson fell awkwardly whilst making a sliding challenge and was stretchered from the field.
This was an absorbing contest between the top two teams in Premier League 2 and it was almost decorated with an amazing goal on the hour when Tyias Browning spotted the Arsenal keeper off his line and fired a free-kick goalwards from inside his own half. Iliev just managed to back track in time to stop the ball flying into the net.
As the second period progressed, both sides had chances from corner kicks. First, Feeney headed wide and then, at the other end, Tyreece John Jules headed over.
Genuine openings for either side were few and far between after the break but Nathan Broadhead was unfortunate to see his close-range effort scrambled away as Everton pressed late on.
Arsenal’s best chance of the game came with four minutes to go when Eddie Nketiah headed over from close range.
“We should have won the game,” said Unsworth.
“The back five were outstanding - we limited Arsenal to a couple of opportunities.
“Kyle John, on his first start, was outstanding, and Tyias and Morgan look a class above at this level.
“It was a good defensive display but I am leaving here thinking we should have had three points.”
The result leaves Everton top of Premier League 2, level on points with Arsenal but ahead on goal difference.