David Moyes admitted Everton's dire first-half display ultimately led to their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.
Goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Luka Modric gave Tottenham a 2-0 lead at half-time and, although Yakubu pulled one back for the Toffees after the break, Moyes' side could not grab an equaliser.
"We didn't deserve anything in the first half, that's for sure," said Moyes. "But by the end of the game we probably deserved something out of it. We just gave ourselves too big a mountain to climb in the first place.
"It was a spirited second half but they needed it. After the first-half performance they needed it and after the performance in midweek against Sporting Lisbon they needed it, because they weren't good enough.
"The second half I can look at and say the supporters got their money's worth out of us, but they didn't in midweek or in the first half today."
Landon Donovan somehow missed the target from three yards out when the scoreline was still 2-1, with Moyes adding: "Landon's miss is one we're looking at and probably saying if that goes in it's two each with ten minutes to go, we've got the momentum and we may well have gone on and won the game."