Tom Davies says Everton’s players are being driven by their desire to end the 2017/18 season with their current unbeaten run still intact.
The Blues struggled to break down a resolute Southampton side at Goodison Park on Saturday evening but earned a late point when Davies’ shot from the edge of the box deflected off Saints defender Wesley Hoedt and in past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
The 1-1 draw made it five games without defeat for the Blues, whose only loss in eight has come against champions Manchester City.
Davies and Co put that record on the line again next Sunday when they complete their Premier League campaign at West Ham United and, though they can no longer finish higher than eighth, the teenager insists the Toffees still have plenty of incentive to perform in front of what is already confirmed as a sell-out away following.
“There’s definitely still motivation to get points,” he said. “I think [against Southampton] we did have most of the play, we just weren’t creating the chances.
“We’ll be working again on that this week and going into the game next weekend with the same mentality we’ve had all season - to win.”
Davies’ goal was his second of a 2017/18 campaign that has so far seen him make 42 first-team appearances for the Blues.
That follows the 25 outings in 2016/17 that added to the two he made at the tail end of the 2015/16 season.
Should he feature against West Ham, he will turn 20 in June having banked 70 senior matches as a teenager - experience that will stand him in good stead as he sets about nailing down a regular starting role at Goodison Park.
But while delighted to net his fourth career goal for the Toffees - and fourth at Goodison - the youngster conceded the overall performance against Mark Hughes’ men fell below the high standards the team expects.
“I’m obviously made up to get the goal and it was a good point in the end,” he said.
“They defended well and then hit us on the break, really.
“Their game plan was quite good but we’re still disappointed.
“I think we’ve been good all season at home on the whole and we definitely had most of the ball and most of the play [on Saturday]. It’s just one of them and we move on.”