Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate admitted that his side needs to improve quickly after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park.
Boro lost out to goals from Joleon Lescott and Steven Pienaar and Southgate had few complaints about the final outcome on Merseyside.
He said: "We probably had enough chances to go in level at the break, but we didn't take them and we paid the price.
"But we haven't lost just because of that. I don't think we won enough individual battles on the day to deserve to win the game and I think we've paid for that.
"You lose matches for a reason and there are plenty of reasons why we lost.
"You can talk about missed chances, but you lose as a team and we conceded goals which were poor and elements of our game weren't good enough.
"We're conceding too many and there are any number of reasons why that is, but today there were not enough big performances to win the game.
"We didn't do enough to get anything out of the game, but I felt we were always in it until they got their second goal."