Morgan Schneiderlin insists Everton are “moving forward” – but cannot repeat the mistakes which saw them come unstuck at Bournemouth on Sunday.
Everton are one of a cluster of teams on seven points in the Premier League and congregating behind the five teams from third position down locked on eight points.
Marco Silva’s side, though, were frustrated to miss an opportunity to leap up the table after conceding two second-half goals to lose 3-1 at the Cherries’ Vitality Stadium.
Schneiderlin partnered Fabian Delph in midfield on the south coast after Andre Gomes was sidelined with a rib injury.
Former Manchester City player Delph and Portuguese Gomes were two of seven high-tariff international performers signed this summer.
And, while inserting a caveat related to Everton’s weekend disappointment, Schneiderlin spies plenty of reasons for optimism over the Blues’ potential this term.
“Everyone can see we are moving forward,” Schneiderlin told evertontv.
“But to make the next step – like the manager said to us and we can see as well – you need to learn quickly from small mistakes.
“We cannot concede three goals like that [against Bournemouth], it is not possible if you want to win a game.
“Especially with the number of chances and half-chances we created.
“It is frustrating but we need to move forward and learn quickly.
“We have something good to do this season – but if we keep losing games like this and not learning it will be hard to move up the table.
“We wanted to move forward and make a big statement.
“But we need to regroup. It is just the start of the season.
“If we had won it would not have been the end of the championship.
“We lost and it is not the end, either.
“We need to regroup and be ready for Saturday [against Sheffield United at Goodison Park]."
Schneiderlin has started three of Everton’s top-flight games this season in addition to last month’s Carabao Cup win at Lincoln City.
The Frenchman’s consistent involvement represents the continuation of a theme from the back end of last term when he was in the side for Everton’s final four games.
No player on the pitch at Bournemouth attempted more than Schneiderlin’s 59 passes. His accuracy rate of 88.1 per cent was topped only by centre-back counterparts Yerry Mina and Nathan Ake, who both hit 35 passes.
Schneiderlin was efficient defensively, too, making four tackles and completing one interception and one block.
Indeed, Everton made a lot of the running against Eddie Howe's team. Richarlison’s spectacular first-half effort against the angle of post and bar was one of 14 attempts on goal, while Silva’s side claimed 60 per cent possession.
Ultimately, though, Everton paid the price for twice conceding from set-pieces – Callum Wilson’s first-half goal came from a corner and Ryan Fraser scored direct from a free-kick after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had equalised – and allowing England striker Wilson to escaped unchecked for Bournemouth’s third.
“It is a feeling of frustration again,” added Schneiderlin.
"When you deeply analyse the game you can see we conceded three poor goals, two on set plays and one which was a clearance that went through us and they scored easily.
“It was very disappointing because in the second half, after we got back to 1-1, we had that feeling we were creating things.
“Even if we lacked the last shot or pass, we felt we were creating between the lines, that we could find players in good spots.
“But it wasn’t meant to be.
“It was very frustrating, especially because of the way we lost.
“If they were better than us, we could say, ‘Okay, well done’,
“But they weren’t and that’s annoying.”