on his side's performance...
"Football-wise we played well, but the scoreline was not excellent. I feel in many respects of the game we did very well, but in the final third we lacked something. A little bit of sharpness, a little bit of vision, a little bit of attacking the ball on crosses. But it's the kind of result that will make us think about what we can improve. Overall I feel the players gave everything, the spirit is great, and the quality is there."

on Everton's negative tactics...
"I have nothing against negative football if it is played with the right spirit. But I think when every time you have a goal kick you have to expect to wait for the keeper to take on the right then he goes on the other side. You know the scenario. It is something you have seen 10 times and it is less enjoyable."

on Everton's positive side...
"Yes, they defended well with a great spirit. I feel they defended in an intelligent way and when they had the chance they played for Andy Johnson, who for me did very well. Many times he was first on the ball. There are many positives in their game, you know? The keeper did very well."

on Van Persie's cracking free-kick...
"It was a great goal, a great free-kick. I think in the first half we did not bring him a lot into the game, and you can see he can make a difference - especially on set pieces where he is very dangerous."

on Walcott's stint at right back...
"They had no real striker on the left, that's why I decided to take a full back out and play with a winger, because then we play with two wingers. But then I think and I finished the game with five strikers."

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