Morgan Schneiderlin says there were “no hiding places or excuses” after Everton succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
After an even opening to the contest, Harry Kane’s intended cross opened the scoring before Christian Eriksen doubled the visitors’ advantage three minutes before the interval.
Kane then added his second of the afternoon within a minute of the restart to effectively put Spurs out of sight.
And while midfielder Schneiderlin says the Blues won’t get too down about only their second home defeat of the calendar year, he says lessons must be learned quickly with such a busy schedule on the horizon.
“Tottenham were better than us on the day,” he said. “We are not going to hide or find excuses, we just have to admit that they were better than us on the day.
“We started well but the goal gave us a bit of a slap. But then we can’t drop the intensity and quality of our play like we did. It’s difficult when you go 2-0 down, but you’re still in the game. Then to concede the third so soon into the second half, it’s difficult on confidence.
“We have to use this game and learn from it. It’s only the fourth game of the season. Obviously, we have a very hard start to the season. We will learn from it as quickly as possible.
“As we said in the changing room afterwards, it’s not one defeat that can change our season. We just have to learn from it and show that we can bounce back in the next game.”
In order to do so, Schneiderlin says the players will reflect on their performances over the weekend before coming together to discuss where they can improve ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League group stage clash with Italian side Atalanta.
“The manager is someone who is very calm when he analyses things,” said Schneiderlin, when asked about how Ronald Koeman responded to the result. “He analysed things very well at half-time, explaining the mistakes we had made and trying to change things for the better. But at the end of the game, of course, he told us we needed to be more aggressive and show more on the ball.
“We are all football players and most of us are experienced, so we also know ourselves when we were bad and where we need to improve.
“We will have a meeting on Monday, after the manager has had time to analyse the game and we as players have had time to reflect on it.”