Tom Heaton was left frustrated despite a spirited second-half display from ten-man Burnley at Goodison Park.
The Clarets stopper denied Ross Barkley from the penalty spot with a superb save on 10 minutes, but Kevin Mirallas’ goal proved the difference after Ashley Barnes was sent off for two bookable offences.
And while the 29-year-old was encouraged by a battling second-half display with a one man deficit, Burnley were left to rue a missed opportunity.
Heaton said: “It was a spirited effort with ten men. It was always going to be tough because Everton are a good side who keep the ball really well.
“When we went down to ten men it was always going to be difficult but I thought we went about it really well.
“We contained them and stayed in the game and then had a few half chances towards the end of the match.
“I think we were a little bit flat in the first-half and although we defended well we could have kept the ball a little bit better.
“In the second-half, I think we did well as it’s always going to be a challenge against a team as expansive as Everton.
“Everyone has witnessed this year the will and desire everyone has got, which is a minimum requirement.
“That was not in doubt that we’d give everything and we went out to try and salvage something but couldn’t quite manage it.”
Heaton enhanced a growing reputation for saving from the spot by denying Barkley, and admits that due to the England international not being a regular penalty taker for the Toffees, he did not have the stats to help guide him.
“We obviously put a lot of research into the penalty takers and Barkley wasn’t one of the ones we’d looked at.
“It was a strange one but it’s one of the things the manager drums into everyone at this club is to see everything as an opportunity and a great challenge.
“I tried to stand up to that today and thankfully I made the save.
“I think Lennon was actually about half a yard outside the box but there are no complaints from us and we’d hope these things even themselves out over a season.
“It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t build from that and get something out the game.”
Attentions now turn to a crucial clash with Leicester City next weekend and Turf Moor and Heaton is relishing the chance to put things right in front of a vociferous home crowd.
He added: “They’re all going to be big games from here, starting from Leicester City on Saturday which we’re all looking forward to.
“It hasn’t gone our way this weekend but we’ll certainly look forward to getting three points on the board next week.
“It’s going to be tight but it is important we land the right side of the line come the end of the season.
“I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic atmosphere next weekend at the Turf and we’ll be ready.”