Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle felt that his side's performance in the 2-0 defeat at Everton was worthy of at least a point.
The Trotters were undone by two goals in the final 18 minutes at Goodison Park, after the visitors had been reduced to ten men by the sending-off of Gretar Steinsson.
Coyle told his club's official website: "I felt that we more than matched a side that is flying high at the moment and ultimately the sending-off proved to be the big turning point.
"We looked comfortable in the match and had some great chances to take the lead. It was a contentious decision which took us down to ten men and further punishment was Mikel Arteta scoring with the free-kick.
"Even at 1-0 with ten men we still had opportunities to get back in the game. We applied ourselves and the lads gave everything, there is no doubt in my mind that we should have left with a point.
"We carried on the fight, accepting that Everton had chances and I felt we offered an awful lot to the game.
"Again, I was delighted with the effort and the application that the lads showed. We have a tremendous spirit in the club."