DAVID MOYES admitted Everton needed to be more clinical after they were held to their first goalless draw at Goodison Park in more than two years.
The Blues were left frustrated by a resilient, organised Swansea City side, as they missed the chance to make up ground on Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the race for a Champions League qualification spot.
It is the first time Everton have been held to a 0-0 draw at home since December 2010, and the first time they have failed to score in 20 games in all competitions, and Moyes felt his side needed to be more ruthless in their play, against a Swansea side that came to Merseyside for a point.
"We are a bit frustrated,” said the Blues boss. “Swansea did a really good job in midweek on Chelsea (in the Capital One Cup) and it was similar today.
"We needed to play a little bit better, pass it a bit quicker and be a little bit more clever in the final third. We didn't do that as well as we would have liked.
"I thought we had three or four good opportunities but I couldn't turn around and say anyone missed a real sitter.
"I thought we kept going, tried to do the right things, although we could have done it better. I can't fault the players for their effort because they went right to the last minute to try and get the goal.
"The draws could cost us if we can't turn them into wins, but we just couldn't get the ball over the line today."
Moyes admitted Vicente Del Bosque, the Spain coach who watched from the stands, would have found the game tough viewing, but said he was at least happy to see his side record a clean sheet – their first since September.
He said: “I didn't get the chance to see (Del Bosque), but I know he was here. I think he would have probably seen a typical January Premier League game, with the cold weather starting to tell on everybody's faces. I don't think he'd have been massively impressed.
“I'm happy with the clean sheet. We had to make sure today that, if we couldn't win, we made sure we didn't concede a goal on the counter attack and we did things right that way. It wasn't for the want of trying today, the players did everything they could to get a result. It was just one of those days.
He added: “We've got to be happy with where we are. We're in mid-January now, and we are in a decent position. Hopefully we can keep the form up, and stay with it. Only time will tell.
“The fact of the matter is we've played well enough to threaten those top positions in the league. There will be a lot of games at this time of year where you will have to find a way of winning and picking up points, because everybody is trying. Today, we just couldn't find that way.
“I think for all clubs, with the exception of maybe three or four, getting to 40 points as quickly as you can is always the big thing. Then you can look at what else you can do after that.
“We're getting close to that now (Everton have 37). And the questions I get asked by the media (now) suggest that expectations are maybe changing at Everton.”