Morgan Schneiderlin insists Everton boast the quality and resilience to deliver a swift response to Friday’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
The Blues face League One high-fliers Lincoln City in a second-round Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday night, before taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers in a Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Schneiderlin admitted his frustration Everton were left empty-handed from their trip to Villa Park. The Blues dominated possession – Everton were on the ball for 65 per cent of the match – and rained in five more shots than the home side. The Toffees also won six corners during the game, with Villa not having one.
Schneiderlin insists Everton will be working hard over the coming days to fine tune the areas of their performance which require improvement – and is confident the team will be in prime condition to tackle the twin challenges posed by Lincoln and Wolves.
“We remain optimistic,” said the Frenchman. “Everyone is disappointed not to win but we have enough good players to have a great season.
“Everyone is upset with the result. But now is the time to refresh and play the cup game, then next Sunday we have a tough game against Wolverhampton and we need to win in front of our fans.
“The main thing now is to rest and recover and work on the things we need to improve.”
After striker Wesley gave Villa the lead against the run of play 21 minutes in, Everton created numerous opportunities to equalise.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin saw a first-half effort cleared off the line by Villa defender Björn Engels, while substitute Alex Iwobi was the width of a post away from capping a livewire debut display with a goal – his low drive cannoning off the post on 82 minutes.
Theo Walcott also volleyed over when well positioned late in the piece. And as the Blues poured forward, Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi struck on the break to make the points safe for the home team in stoppage time.
Schneiderlin stressed his belief the attacking quality in Everton’s ranks will soon begin to reap rewards.
“We started very well and were very bright,” said the 29-year-old.
“We had a lot of chances and a lot of possession during the game, we did enough to get at least one point.
"We are all disappointed but we need to be calm and reflect on the good things we did, because we did enough good things to win the game.
“We need to keep our solid base at the back, and we have a lot of good strikers and the players to score goals."
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