David Moyes blamed poor defending after Everton were held to a 2-2 UEFA Cup first round first leg stalemate at Goodison Park by Standard Liege.
The Toffees twice fell behind to the spirited Belgian champions before drawing level through Segundo Castillo's first goal for his new club and Yakubu.
Moyes confirmed after the match that he is close to signing a new five-year contract to remain at the helm of the Merseysiders, but was deeply unhappy with the performance of his defence on the night.
"We will have to play well to win in Liege in a fortnight in the second leg," he warned.
"This was always going to be a difficult tie, but we have made it more so now.
"We have been in this position before. Last season we reserved our better performances for the away legs in Europe.
"But we have been punished for bad defending. The game was open, too open, for us.
"The defending was poor and that is what cost us tonight. Now we know we have to go to Liege and score. And we will have to play well.
"But all is not lost, we have won ties from this position before."