For all the disappointment of Everton’s last-gasp leveller, Mark Hughes took time to reflect on another positive performance from his Southampton players at Goodison Park.
Saints deservedly took a 56th minute lead through substitute Nathan Redmond, and were on course to secure three vital points until Tom Davies’s deflected shot six minutes into added time snatched two away.
But Hughes is convinced his team are playing well, and that recent performance levels will serve them well on a big night in Swansea on Tuesday.
“I’m mightily disappointed, but we’ll dust ourselves down and go again,” said the boss. “I’m pleased with what we’re producing at the moment.
“Given the circumstances of the game as a whole, I thought we were excellent. We came here under pressure because clearly we needed to get some kind of result.
“I thought from start to finish we dominated possession, we were calm and never allowed them to get any sort of momentum.
“It was only when we lost Maya (Yoshida) towards the end of the game that they put us under any pressure with balls into our box, and for the most part we dealt with that.
“We’re not getting too much luck it’s fair to say, but we’ll need to make sure we get what we deserve on Tuesday.
“If we can go to Swansea and get a positive result, and there’s no reason why we can’t because we’re playing well, then it’s in our hands.”