David Moyes felt Everton did not deserve to lose on Sunday but admitted a below-par performance in the first half ultimately cost his side.
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Luka Modric handed us a deserved 2-0 lead at the interval after an excellent first half display at the Lane.
Things changed in the second half though as we lost Tom Huddlestone through injury and Everton pulled a goal back through Yakubu. Everton pushed forward for the rest of the game and missed a great chance when Landon Donovan struck the side-netting from close range as we held on for a 2-1 victory.
"We didn't deserve anything in the first half, that is for sure," Moyes told evertonTV. "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. Landon's miss is one we're looking at and probably saying if that goes in it's two each with 10 minutes to go, we've got the momentum and we may well have gone on and won the game."