Martinez praises performances despite late goal.
Blues boss Roberto Martinez could barely hide his frustration as, for the second time in a week, his Everton side were denied all three points by a late goal.
The Toffees were looking like running out deserved winners over visitors Arsenal but Olivier Giroud’s last-gasp header saw the Gunners leave with a share of the spoils, much like Leicester did seven days ago.
Given the dominance that Everton enjoyed for much of the contest, it was a bitter pill to swallow for Martinez.
He told evertonfc.com: “For 70-75 minutes, it was the perfect performance - very similar to when we played Arsenal last time.
“Our first-half display was full of dynamic football and energy. We looked really strong every time we went forward and when we defended we stopped Arsenal from having a shot on target.
“Scoring the two goals should have been enough to control the game in the normal manner that we do. I just felt that certain individuals, and as a team, we dropped our energy levels and we couldn't control it.
“When you do that, you have to score that third goal or you allow Arsenal to get one all of a sudden and it becomes momentum and you have something to lose.”
That something was two points and a first win of the season but the Spaniard suggested there were positives to take from the contest.
He added: “The disappointment is the result - there are no two ways about it. But the performance was phenomenal.
“It gave us exactly what we wanted; a clear direction of where we have to work because it was an early part of the season performance where we couldn't maintain it for 90 minutes, but for long spells of the game it was one where we deserved the three points.
“We were dominant against a very good side.
“We're frustrated but we now know where we need to work in order to get those performances to last 90 minutes.”