David Unsworth believes Everton’s battling point in their 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace shows his players “are giving me everything”.
The Blues twice came from behind at Selhurst Park as a Leighton Baines penalty and Oumar Niasse goal secured a hard-earned draw after James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha had netted for the Eagles in a frantic first half.
Everton’s show of spirit followed their 3-2 comeback victory over Watford in their previous Premier League match before the international break.
And after bagging a point in south London to move up to within three points of ninth place, Unsworth was full of praise for his side’s battling qualities and improved form.
“It was a really tough game,” said Unsworth. “It’s always been a tough place to come to get a result and it was a hard-fought point but we go home with something I thought we deserved.
“The players have been terrific since the first training session when we came together. They’ve given me everything and I can tell the Everton fans that they’re giving me everything. They are working harder and I sense and see that there are improvements.
“I’m desperate to get these players on the field for longer. We’ve had an awful lot of games in a short space of time and not enough training sessions as I would have wanted. But we can be happy with how we fought and came back.”
Unsworth revealed Morgan Schneiderlin, who was recalled to the side, needed an injection on his toe before the match and was forced off at the break when the problem resurfaced.
The Frenchman was replaced by Tom Davies, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin coming on for Ademola Lookman.
And Unsworth thought the changes helped forge an improved attacking display in the second half.
“We tweaked the way we went about it,” he added. “We were forced to bring on Tom Davies at half-time. Morgan had an injection before the game on his toe and was struggling with it at half-time but we were going to make changes to add a bit of impetus up front and I think that helped us, got us more control and I felt we were more of a threat.
“I was delighted with the desire. To come back twice, we showed that over 90 minutes. We’ve got to show a bit more quality, you can’t just expect desire to get you results in the Premier League but you’ve got to start somewhere and I feel there’s been a steady improvement since I took the job.”