Everton may have moved into the Champions League spots but their manager, David Moyes, believes that in drawing their last four Premier League games, his side have missed a trick.
The latest of those draws came at Fulham on Saturday as substitute Steve Sidwell struck a 90th-minute equaliser that secured a 2-2 draw for the home team.
It was a sickening outcome for Moyes, who watched his side's slick passing and invention create a host of chances that went begging. "I can't believe we only got a draw out of that, it's incredible," the Everton manager said afterwards.
"We've played really well this season but that one we should have won. We were terrific at times but couldn't get the goals. I'm really frustrated because if I really want to hang on to the boys at the top I need to win these games when they come along. To win away in the Premier League is really hard for any side and we should have won that comfortably but we didn't."
The Fulham manager, Martin Jol, admitted his side had been taught a lesson, but offered only limited sympathy for Everton. "It doesn't mean anything in football if you don't score the goals," Jol said.
"They dominated us, all we could do was try to be positive. They are a very good footballing team. They are a settled team and know exactly what to do.
"Normally we are a good team, but I couldn't see that. Although we took the lead I still felt they were stronger. The only positive thing I can say is that we never gave up."
Fulham: SCHWARZER 6/10, RIETHER 6, HUGHES 5, HANGELAND 7, RIISE 6, DUFF 6, DIARRA 6, BAIRD 6, KACANIKLIC 6, RUIZ 7, BERBATOV 7
Everton: HOWARD 7, BAINES 7, HEITINGA 6, JAGIELKA 7, COLEMAN 6, PIENAAR 7, NEVILLE 6, OSMAN 7, MIRALLAS 7, FELLAINI 8, JELAVIC 6
Goals: Ful Howard og 7, Sidwell 90. Eve Fellaini 55, 72. Subs: Ful Dejagah 6 (Riise, 59), Sidwell 7 (Kacaniklic, 68), Petric (Diarra, 76). Eve Naismith (Mirallas, 79), Distin (Jelavic, 89). Booked: Ful Riise, Diarra, Baird. Eve Osman. MoM Fellaini. Match rating 7/10. Poss: Ful 39% Eve 61%. Attempts on target: Ful 5 Eve 15. Ref N Swarbrick (Lancs). Att 25,699.Reuse content