Michael Dawson’s mood at Everton was hardly lifted by the rest of Wednesday evening’s results.
The defender was left to reflect on a 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park and the end of our fine 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions that stretched back to November.
However, there was no serious damage done in terms of our position in the Premier League after Chelsea lost at Wolves and Arsenal and City played out a goalless draw at the Emirates.
But for Michael, those results made it an opportunity lost on the night.
“You look around at the other results and it was a chance for us, but we’ve dropped points,” said ‘Daws’ at Goodison.
“The other teams have lost and it was our chance to make up points and we haven’t done that, so that’s disappointing.”
Michael reflected the mood of the camp when he declared himself happy with things as we went in level at half-time.
We had the better of the first half after recovering from Louis Saha’s early strike in the third minute. Rafael van der Vaart equalised and went close on another three occasions while Peter Crouch had a goal disallowed after straying narrowly offside just before the break.
But the second half was a different story, the home side came out fired up, carved out more chances and after Tim Howard twice denied Rafa, the Toffees won it via Seamus Coleman’s goal in the 75th minute.
“They had a good game plan and we were disappointed to go 1-0 down so early but we came back into it in the first half, got the goal back and went in at half-time happy enough,” he added.
“But we didn’t perform in the second half. Everton deserve credit, they overran us and it’s so disappointing to lose after the good run we’ve been on.
“We’ll now pick ourselves up and start again.”