Everton coach Ronald Koeman was quick to criticise his players after they could only manage a 0-0 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.
The Toffees were unable to secure all three points at the London Stadium and they remain winless on the road since Boxing Day.
Koeman’s men went into the game as the favourites but they failed to register a single shot on target.
With the teams above them having games in hand, Saturday’s draw could ruin their chances of a top-four finish and the Dutchman was quick to hit out at his players.
He told Sky Sports: “There was one team that deserved the win and that was West Ham, not Everton.
“I’m really disappointed. We were far away from our level of the whole season and I don’t understand why we started poorly with no intensity in the game.
Then it’s really difficult to turn it around. “One positive thing is a clean sheet but nothing else.”
The former Southampton coach claimed his team’s first-half display cost them and he admits their usual tempo was not shown.
He added: “We didn’t start the game well. There was a lack of intensity in the game and then it’s difficult to change.
“We didn’t win any second balls and our ball possession was slow.
There was a slot of space to play because they changed the system but we didn’t play with the tempo we like to play with.”