"Second half it got a bit trickier because they got more bodies forward and got the ball forward into the box from further out and that can be an effective thing to stop you from getting out".
The response from the crowd at the end of the game however, with boos ringing out across Goodison Park, suggested that not everyone shared the manager's generous assessment of the performance.
"Of course we need to improve in winning games, it's no question". In this situation it's really disappointing, but a different defeat.
"But the first shot on target is a goal for Burnley and then you know - if you analyse Burnley - that it gets really hard.
I understand everybody is disappointed about the final result, but they can't complain about the players". We will continue and I will try to do my best for the job.
"I don't get these questions in the past until now", he said.
"I have experience and I know if you win your life on a daily basis it is different from if you lose".
"We started the game really well, we played aggressive, we were the better team over the total game". They did everything. The commitment that was showed today is positive.
Everton, who will give late fitness tests to Michael Keane (foot) and Phil Jagielka (hamstring), have a notable player fresh to return on Sunday in Oumar Niasse, scorer of one goal in the Sunderland match and two in the Bournemouth contest.
"They are a defensive minded team but well organised, physical. Then, in the situation the team is in, you make it more comfortable for yourself, but 1-0 down against the team Burnley is, it is very hard".