The defender (left) helped shore up his side’s defence after replacing John Heitinga at half time at the DW Stadium, and was adamant that the result was enough to keep momentum going heading into the international break. He said: “One point was good in the end. We came here with a good tactical approach but things worked for them in the first half.
“We showed our character though and got a point eventually which is what mattered. Maybe we feel frustrated because we’re getting used to winning games, but we’re not going to win every single game until the end of the season. A draw away from home at a place like the DW Stadium is OK. It was similar to West Brom in a way but we learned from our mistakes.”
The result saw Everton slide one place back to third in the Premier League table, above West Bromwich Albion on goal difference while Manchester United’s win took them down to fourth but the 34-year-old said patience will be key in the Blues’ aim to qualify for European football next season. He said:
“We didn’t come here to try and just attack outright all the time and score with every attack without regard for them."
“We can’t play outright attacking every game – sometimes it’s not possible.”
“Sometimes it’s the opposition, sometimes it’s your own form."
“It takes a lot of energy to play the football we like to and we don’t have a massive squad to rotate."
“We just have to adapt. Because of the results we’ve had so far teams now are going to come and wait for us and we have to find a different way to play. “