Chelsea head coach Graham Potter insisted there were plenty of positives to take from Saturday’s disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Everton.
The Blues squandered a chance to go into the international break on the back of four straight wins, with Alice Sims scoring an equalizer for the visitors in the dying embers of the game.
After Aston Villa beat Bournemouth earlier in the day, Chelsea are now only in the top half of the Premier League table on goal difference.
But while Potter admitted that such a disappointing end to the game leaves a sour taste in the mouth, the overall performance was ‘a step up’.
“It’s disappointing to be cheap with the goals we recognize,” Potter said at a press conference. “The boys are disappointed. [and] Frustrated because they think they put a lot into the game.
“In the end we’re really, really disappointed because we can’t concede the goals we scored and expect to win the game.”
He added: “Ultimately we didn’t defend well. I think in terms of the result it was a step back because we wanted to win. But in terms of performance it was a step forward because we attacked well. Feeling There is frustration because we” see the dropped points.
“You have to give credit to Everton. They do what they do well. They ask you questions, but I think we controlled the game well for most of the game – as much as you can.”