David Moyes reckons the dejection his players felt at drawing Sunday's game with Tottenham demonstrates the belief that burns bright within the Everton squad.
The Blues picked up what could yet prove a valuable point in the race for European qualification but missed out on the chance to move ever closer to their top-five rivals after Gylfi Sigurdsson notched an 87th-minute leveller.
Moyes, however, was pleased with a display that came despite the absence of suspended duo Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar and extended his side’s unbeaten run to four league games.
"The players put in a great performance and a great effort more than anything," the Blues boss told evertontv. "Everyone knows Everton were without Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellani, which was always going to make it a struggle for us.
"It was a really good game. We were playing a really good Tottenham team - not just a good team, a good squad. I know they were without a couple of players but that impact would have been less on them than our own losses because we don't have the numbers to call on.
"I thought the players we put in coped well, we handled it and stood up to a bit of pressure and I thought we always looked as if we could score."
Despite being away from home and having just a 38 per cent share of the possession, Moyes' men proved impressive on the counter attack, producing nine attempts on the Tottenham goal.
"It's something we've done all season - we have been having shots and crosses," said Moyes. "Sometimes it's mentioned that we're a bit negative. Well, I certainly don't agree with that, that's for sure.
“We were always a threat. Tottenham looked as if they were putting a bit of pressure on [at times], but I thought we could always upset them if we got the ball down and got it out.”
Particularly impressive for the Toffees was striker Victor Anichebe.
The 24-year-old gave centre-halves Michael Dawson and Steven Caulker a torrid afternoon and, despite not getting on the scoresheet, his all-action display was deservedly recognised with the man of the match award.
"Victor was outstanding, he really was," added Moyes. "His performance merited a goal.
"Victor and Nikica Jelavic both had great chances at the end. Like I said, we were always a threat."
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