Willie Kirk called on his players to be “more streetwise” after they bowed out of the FA Women’s Cup.
Goals from Drew Spence and Hannah Blundell consigned the Blue Girls to defeat, despite a resolute and hard-working performance from the hosts.
But it was the manner of how his side conceded those goals that left Kirk frustrated.
From an Everton corner, the ball was cleared to England striker Kirby. Her trickery allowed her to play in Spence and when she raced clear, a low finish beat the impressive Kirstie Levell in the home goal.
Then, pushing everything forward looking for the equaliser, the Toffees were again undone as Kirby was denied by Levell but Blundell was on hand to tap home.
“The girls are deflated,” admitted Kirk. “We caused Chelsea a lot of problems, especially in the first half.
“But what is annoying is that we have conceded from our attacking set pieces. The girls are frustrated about that but we have to be more streetwise. We have to decide early when we can kill the counter.
“The second goal is in the last 30 seconds when we have pushed everyone forward but for the first one, there are a couple of opportunities where a foul could just kill their counterattack 60 yards from goal. But it’s one we have got to learn from.”
Everton had chances, Simone Magill volleyed debutant Emma Brownlie’s cross straight at Ann-Katrin Berger, while Chaney Boye-Hlorkah saw a speculative strike from range kept out by the Chelsea keeper.
Kirk, however, could take solace from a solid first 90 minutes in an Everton shirt from transfer window signing Brownlie, the former Hibs right-back.
“Emma did great,” added Kirk. “If you look at her full game, playing one of the best teams in England in her first appearance playing in this league, she should be quite pleased.
“She played a little bit higher up than she is used to, playing as a wing-back, but she did well. She tried to get in behind a couple of times and used the ball intelligently. I hope tomorrow morning, she looks back and is pleased with her debut.”