Morgan Schneiderlin called on Everton to move on and build another unbeaten run after suffering a first defeat in nine matches in a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth.
Ryan Fraser’s deflected 88th-minute winner left the Blues empty-handed for the first time under manager Sam Allardyce, having gone into the Premier League clash on the south having won five matches and drawn three from their previous eight games.
The Toffees looked on course to extend that run when Idrissa Gana Gueye levelled just before the hour mark, after Fraser had given the Cherries a first-half lead.
But the young Scot netted again when his shot took a wicked deflection off Michael Keane to deny Allardyce’s men late on.
Despite the frustration of leaving the Vitality Stadium without a point, though, Schneiderlin said it was vital for Everton to take heart from their recent form and look to build again ahead of the visit of Manchester United to Goodison on New Year’s Day.
“When you analyse the game, first half we had control but we didn’t create much and felt we lacked that quality in the final third,” said the French midfielder.
“Then second half we came back to 1-1 but after that we didn’t do as well as we wanted.
“When we equalised we expected to put on a bit of pressure, to keep more of the ball and be more of a threat but we didn’t do it and then they had a deflection for their goal which is frustrating.
“There are some positives to take because we were unbeaten and turned things around. Now what we want is to turn another corner and win games.”
Schneiderlin also rued Bournemouth’s 33rd-minute opener, when a stray pass from James McCarthy enabled the hosts to break, leading to Fraser firing a volley past Jordan Pickford from 10 yards out.
Schneiderlin insisted everyone in a blue shirt had to take responsibility for the goal, however.
“(The opening goal) was bad play from us,” he added. “We can’t blame the player who lost the ball, we have to blame everyone as we need to give more options. Sometimes we don’t do that enough. We have to be supportive of each other through the good and bad times.
"We need to be better on the ball but we know what we need to do to rectify things."