Ashley Williams has called on Everton to “stick at it and work through this period” after their spirited display was not enough in a 2-1 home defeat to Lyon.
After falling behind to Nabil Fekir’s sixth-minute penalty, Williams got Goodison rocking when he powered a header home from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick on 69 minutes.
But after Sigurdsson hit the post from another set piece, the French visitors hit the Blues with a suckerpunch winner 15 minutes from time.
The result leaves Everton with a single point from their three Group E matches so far.
Williams, who captained the Toffees on the night, insisted his side deserved more, but called for more of the same spirit to turn their season around.
“We wanted to win tonight but we didn’t get any points,” said the centre-back. “I thought the lads responded well to going 1-0 down and we fought well as a team but came away with nothing.
“We want to show fight for ourselves, but more than anything for the Club and the fans especially. We’re disappointed we haven’t got a result tonight because I thought we showed good attitude in how we went about it.
“We had a lot of chances, more than them. It was disappointing when it got to 1-1 to concede another goal so quickly.”
Williams added: “We were all upset. I think we’ve got to continue to stick at it and work through this period. Every team has these kind of spells. We just need something to drop at the other end and not at ours. I think football goes like that.
“We can’t sulk about it because we’ve got another big game on Sunday - we have to turn around quickly and get a positive performance and result.”