The midfielder's goal in first-half stoppage time wasn't enough to earn a win at Vicarage Road and the Blues fell to 14th in the Premier League table as a result of the 1-1 draw and results elsewhere.
“We should be coming away with three points," the Irish international told the Liverpool Echo. "We've lost it from set-piece, it's frustrating to be honest especially just straight after the goal.
“It was a long ball from them, we had to deal with a lot of their long balls because it was part of their style, it's frustrating not to come away with three points.”
If they weren't already nagging at the back of the players minds, thoughts are turning increasingly towards the FA Cup semi-final in 12 days' time against either Manchester United or West Ham, who play their quarter-final replay at Upton Park on Wednesday evening.
Everton will be in action in the Premier League at Selhurst Park that night and McCarthy acknowledged the importance of picking up victories in the Blues' three matches between now and their date at Wembley.
“Obviously we need a win,” McCarthy said in a nod towards the despondency that is setting in among the fans as the clubs slips down the league table with just one win in their last six fixtures.
“Each and every one of us know that we want to get a win on the board before Wembley but we're not thinking about it too much.
“We'll go to Crystal Palace, we've come here and got a point, but we want to go to Crystal Palace and get three points and we have got a couple of games in between, we've got Southampton and we've got a derby.
“There are a lot of games still to be played before we look too far ahead of ourselves, we'll take one game at a time and, as I say, we want to get a win as soon as possible.”
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1 Posted 11/04/2016 at 07:37:59
Right now, the cup is all we have left and if we go into the semi in our current form, that will be gone as well.
Palace is the key. If the squad plays well there; not just a win, but actually plays the game like we know they can, then just maybe it will snowball, and we could salvage something from this dismal season.
The players want a win. The fans insist on it.
2 Posted 11/04/2016 at 08:01:26
This bunch need to grow a pair! Deary me.
3 Posted 11/04/2016 at 08:18:00
Depending on which Everton side show up, a win is more than achievable, but if the side of the last 3 games shows up, it could be a boring draw or even a defeat.
4 Posted 11/04/2016 at 08:19:51
Winning becomes a habit, just like not winning.
The simple fact stares us in the face, under Roberto Martinez we have not had the winning habit for more than two years now.
Not many teams that stayed up last season won fewer games than us, 12 out of 38, just enough to survive.
This season we have a paltry 9 wins, it's just not good enough.
5 Posted 11/04/2016 at 08:45:06
They seem able, during normal play, the lump it up to Lukaku, who's looking like he's so frustrated that he's wondering who he'll be playing for next year already.
Phenomenal Bob's one-dimensional, inflexible doctrine is killing us.
6 Posted 11/04/2016 at 09:31:58
Morale is lower than a snake's belly amongst the fans and that's transferred itself to the players. The last 3 performances have been abysmal and yet the clown in charge keeps coming out with the usual positive shite. Lies of course.
I can't see any way out of this current mess unless we change managers. But of course while Martinez has Kenwright eating out of his hand, that's unlikely to change. Seems to me Kenwright wants to prove a point to us.
7 Posted 11/04/2016 at 10:35:34
Then of course once we have walked our easy game against Southampton this weekend and then the away fixture against our lovable neighbours in the rearranged match on Wednesday, we might have shot up the table, perhaps even into the top half...
Yes, I can see all this building the team's confidence and with the added momentum gained from it we will be more than a match for Manchester United or West Ham in the semi-final less than 72 hours after having played Liverpool on the Wednesday night.
*Sarcasm button now off*
8 Posted 11/04/2016 at 10:43:34
No shit Sherlock,
* Stating the bleedin obvious button now off *
9 Posted 11/04/2016 at 11:01:59
11 Posted 11/04/2016 at 11:06:44
So am I. Think 5 or 6 and if it's only 3 or 4 we can consider it a moral victory. Weii our deluded, phenomenal one will.
12 Posted 11/04/2016 at 11:46:12
13 Posted 11/04/2016 at 11:49:20
15 Posted 11/04/2016 at 13:10:27
16 Posted 11/04/2016 at 13:39:57
The players look completely unmotivated and out of sorts.Really the season is over.
I look forward to every game and hope we win but against Watford we just looked completely bereft of ideas, we just aren't opening up opposition defences and creating enough chances. When the few chances that create arrive they are fluffed because of a lack of focus or interest.
A badly managed shambles in actual fact. If only we had a forceful character a person with vision at the club.
17 Posted 11/04/2016 at 13:47:20
"There is a lot of negativity around at the moment."
“We don't want to finish another season in the bottom half of the table."
The most damning part is the use of the word "another"....
18 Posted 11/04/2016 at 13:49:14
If we look at both of their records they should both be sacked.
Martinez's premier league record at Everton and Wigan is appalling. Forget his rhetoric, and his excuses (from a man who says he does not give out excuses?), the results are not good enough. To me he is just an arrogant ego-centric bully, hence his treatment of Baines, whose only crime was to tell it as it is. RM just loves the limelight. That is why he struts around the technical area and did not consider himself to be the man to take Wigan back up after he relegated them. It is literally all about him.
Mr Kenwright is another fantasist and his record is no better. Look at our ground. He puts flags up and tells us about our history but he is just another man who loves the attention being the chairman gives him. That is why he never gave it up when Moshri came in. The ground although I love the 'Old Lady' is outdated and the only development was building the Park End and that was before Kenwright took the helm. He has a record of failed ground moves and mediocrity himself.
As long suffering supporters we deserve better than what these two attention seekers have given us.
19 Posted 11/04/2016 at 13:55:47
21 Posted 11/04/2016 at 14:26:44
Martinez is doomed now as he has lost 9 out of 10 supporters according to recent polls.
The key question is who do we appoint next and when?
22 Posted 11/04/2016 at 15:26:58
We have tolerated mediocrity for the last few years, only lifting the Cup will salvage pride this season.
23 Posted 11/04/2016 at 16:58:13
Sky also quoted latest statistics that show that in a list of Premier League defenders who have made multiple mistakes leading directly to goals this season, both Jagielka and Stones are right up at the top. Our most reliable DEFENDER has been Ramiro Funes Mori. Interesting stat for all the Funes Mori knockers, especially as the guy was awesome for Argentina against Chile recently only to be left out and Stones brought back on his return.
Stones went on to make another schoolboy error last week while our Argentine regular sat on the bench. Defence? It's a joke!
24 Posted 11/04/2016 at 18:18:03
25 Posted 11/04/2016 at 20:31:52
26 Posted 11/04/2016 at 22:19:16
I notice nobody has mentioned Stones ridiculous backpass another two points gone due to his playing out of defence as instilled by the idiot. Stones is a liability in the penalty area (and in this case outside of it) and should be dropped to the bench again; we were not giving so many goals away when he was not starting.
More banners, more chanting, and lots more booing is needed. It's as though nobody has noticed the discontent among the supporters. Martinez OUT NOW!!!
27 Posted 11/04/2016 at 23:35:59
I read your post twice and went, gulp! each time. These are damning statistics and only lend credence to the fact that EFC need a complete overhauling.
Statistics don't lie, be it contra Martinez or any team member. Every man has to stand up and take responsibility for his respective role. We are in for a rough time and I only hope it all gets sorted by the start of 2016-17.
Nip it all in the bud right now. We have got to get rid of Martinez so the evolution can start sooner, rather than later! Let the new manager experiment with the end of the already lost season. Let it be a pre-season pre-season.
28 Posted 11/04/2016 at 23:50:21
Just when we need fresh blood in the team, we get told all sorts of shite. We all know there's something amiss, so come on and be frank... and if you cant be frank, at least be Earnest!!
29 Posted 12/04/2016 at 01:24:00
Martinez is just a utter liability, a fraud who uses too many excuses to try get himself of the hook. Hate to say it, look at Klopp, He has turned a bang average Liverpool team into fighters. That is called motivation and gaining fight. Same as Leicester and West Ham with Bilic and Ranieri respectively.
It is a case of 50/50 why our team has capitulated this season. The players have to take responsibility too. But at the same time you can tell right now he has lost the dressing room.
Joel not his fault for goals, yet not the long term number one
Baines hasn't been fit since the World Cup 2014
Jagielka not a leader in a million years. Watson, Stubbs, Ratcliffe and even though he wasn't the best footballer, Phil Neville knew how to shout at players and get in ref's faces.
Stones believing in his own hype thinking he is Beckenbauer. When he should go using on becoming Adams or Terry.
Oviedo good but never fit
Kone awful just god awful
Lukaku want's ambition. I accept that, yet the splash his mouth off mid season is just a tit of a move.
Mirallas Plays does something so naive and stupidity that proves he is fed up
Niasse will he ever be fit or just £13.5 million wasted.
Cleverley works hard, doesn't know where he is playing at times
McCarthy- headless chicken
Barkley like Stones believes in his own hype. Talent yet decision making is still just second to none as bone idol.
Coleman bombs forward, but can't defend to save his life
Deulofeu-looks as though he only has half an hour in him.
Simple as this proves more than one change is needed this summer at Goodison otherwise we'll continue to be heading down and underachieving constantly before it is too late. No leaders, no fight and poor tactics from the coaching staff. Big change needed. Time we went ambitious and go for it and have the man who has the right mentality, right ambition and leadership to get the best out of these players.
30 Posted 12/04/2016 at 05:58:09
Palace are very good on the flanks. Both fullbacks will need cover. Sako is a real danger man.
32 Posted 12/04/2016 at 17:10:43
At last someone has noticed how Jagielka is a liability in the penalty area... he always has been but somehow always gets away with it. He is referred to as "Jags" and always get a good press... plays for England etc...but is hopeless in the air and along with Stones provides "heart in the mouth moments" in every game.
Funes Mori has been the most reliable of our central defenders all season but never seems to get any credit for it. When Martinez and Kenwright have gone perhaps we will get a decent center-half again.
Who will we get for manager Brian... how about Pochetino? Or Keoman maybe? Dream on, eh!!
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