Wayne Rooney said Apollon Limassol’s late leveller was ‘hard to take’ as he called on Everton to ‘move on’ from the disappointment of their 2-2 Europa League draw at Goodison.
After falling behind to Adrian Sardinero’s 12-minute opener for the Cypriot side, Rooney levelled nine minutes later when he collected Hector Yuste’s misplaced pass and netted.
Everton looked set for three welcome points in Group E when substitute Nikola Vlasic fired the hosts in front after the hour mark.
But despite being reduced to 10 men after Valentin Roberge was dismissed late on, Limassol came away with a point as Yuste headed home a 88th-minute free-kick.
Rooney felt the result was tough on the Blues but called on his team to put it behind them and focus on moving forward.
“Conceding a late goal is hard to take,” said the 31-year-old. “We deserved to win the game and had chances. We were the better team but the goals were sloppy from our point of view. It’s a point, we have to move on but it should be three.”
Asked if he was surprised by Limassol’s threat, England’s all-time top goalscorer added: “No, not all all. They are a good team. We know the strengths they’ve got and there’s no easy games in Europe.
“We just need that goal to see the game off but we’re still finding our feet. It’s been a difficult start to the season in terms of fixtures. It’s two wins and a draw in the last three games. We have to try to keep progressing and hopefully we’ll do it.”