Phil Jagielka called on Everton to “dust themselves down” and focus on getting back to winning ways after “failing to do themselves justice” in the 4-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
The Blues skipper felt his side put in a controlled performance in the first half, limiting Spurs’ dangerous attack to long-range efforts, while threatening themselves, with debutant Cenk Tosun particularly catching the eye, and Wayne Rooney having a goal ruled out for offside shortly before the hosts’ opener.
But Jagielka rued poor defending for Heung-Min Son’s 26th-minute opener, before Harry Kane’s close-range finish seconds after the restart left the Toffees with a mountain to climb.
Despite the setback, though, the centre-back insists Everton’s “confidence hasn’t been too badly dented” as they look to next weekend’s visit of West Brom to Goodison.
“We managed to get through the first half with them having long-range shots but then we haven’t defended well, unfortunately, and we’ve gone in 1-0 down,” said Jagielka.
“The first half wasn’t so bad. We were close to going ahead with an offside goal from Wayne. We limited them to few chances but second half, going 2-0 down, we shot ourselves in the foot. They stepped up a gear and deservedly ran out comfortable winners.
“We tried to keep it tight but the last thing you want to be doing is chasing a 2-0 deficit against a team like Spurs and they put us to the sword.
“We’ve had some difficult games, it’s a long, tough period but we’ll look at the video tomorrow, move on and try to pick up points in the next games.
“It was always going to be a big game. Today was going to be difficult. We didn’t do ourselves any justice so we need to dust ourselves down and look forward to the game against West Brom.
“The confidence hasn’t been too badly dented. Today won’t be great but we know we’ve got a good run of games. They will be tough but we know we can pick up some points.”
Jagielka also praised Tosun on his Blues bow, a week after the Turkey international signed from Besiktas.
The 26-year-old produced fine link-up play and set up Rooney for his disallowed goal, before being replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin just past the hour mark.
“He’s only been here a few days but there were bits and bobs tonight – his first touch and hold-up play was great,” added Jagielka.
“He didn’t last the full 90 minutes but hopefully next weekend he can play well and get a goal. He and Wayne are two very clever players and hopefully they can create and score many goals for us.”