Marco Silva was pleased Everton extended their unbeaten start to the campaign against Huddersfield Town – but admitted the Toffees' play lacked the urgency required to beat David Wagner’s obdurate visitors.
Everton enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and created a number of openings without being able to add to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal.
Huddersfield led when midfielder Philip Billing headed home following a corner on 34 minutes.
But the Blues hit back 120 seconds later when Lucas Digne measured a perfect cross for Calvert-Lewin to head beyond goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and score his third goal in two matches this week.
Calvert-Lewin came close twice more – heading over deliveries from Theo Walcott and Leighton Baines – and Cenk Tosun fired too high after Oumar Niasse’s knockdown. But Huddersfield, who lined up with five defenders and Steve Mounie alone in attack, held out to claim a point.
“We expected Huddersfield to come here and put nine, 10 players behind the ball every time and close their box,” Silva told evertontv.
“And in that moment, you have to play faster to disorganise your opponent and not give them time. To do that we have to play quicker and take the right decisions. We tried, it’s true. But in some moments we were too slow.
“It’s normal [for an away team to show Everton respect]. They have seen how we are playing and they came here to put everybody back in their box, close their box, waiting for our mistake – and you have to play in a different way to disorganise them.
“They showed big respect for our team but you have to be aware that can happen. You have to play faster to create chances.
“We controlled possession but in some moments it was too slow. In this type of game we have to put more creativity into our game and play faster offensively. And disorganise teams when they are sitting back and waiting for our mistake.”
Everton had dominated possession and come close when defender Kurt Zouma’s scorching low drive flashed past the post on 13 minutes before Billing pounced to rock Goodison Park.
The athletic Dane turned a header into the roof of the net after Calvert-Lewin’s touch had inadvertently helped on a corner from Chris Lowe.
Silva’s side responded to that blow in the best possible fashion, coming forward through Zouma and Digne, who provided a precision set-up for Calvert-Lewin, just as he had for the striker’s first goal in the Carabao Cup victory over Rotherham United on Wednesday.
Everton’s bid to gain some rhythm and momentum after the break was disrupted when Theo Walcott was forced off on 59 minutes with a rib injury, which Silva says will be assessed “in the next couple of days”.
The manager sent on Ademola Lookman for his first Premier League action of the campaign and later introduced Niasse and Baines in an attempt to convert one point into three.
A decisive goal did not arrive – but Silva drew encouragement from his team’s determined reaction to falling behind.
“It was important for us to score quickly and we had another chance with Dominic,” said Silva, who has won one and drawn three of his four Premier League games in charge.
“It was difficult in the second half, they sat back and waited for our mistake.
“It wasn’t the best game and it wasn’t the best performance, either. We performed really differently and better in the previous games than this afternoon.
“But it is important to be unbeaten. It was one point, although we wanted three and we want the boys to have the desire to win every time.”