Sam Allardyce hailed what he described as a “great point” after Everton's 1-1 draw at Swansea today.
The Blues were forced to settle for a draw when Jordan Ayew wiped out the lead they had secured through Kyle Naughton's own goal late in the first half.
The Swans had won their previous four home games, part of a impressive run of form under new manager Carlos Carvalhal, and they would have been disappointed not to have taken the lead themselves earlier in the first half, particularly when Ayew's shot deflected past the post off Leighton Baines and Cenk Tosun headed Federico Fernandez's header off the goal line.
The Blues rallied somewhat before half time and scored when Lukas Fabianski could only parry Idrissa Gueye's shot into Naughton and the ball crossed the line before Alfie Mawson hacked it away.
But after Jordan Pickford had denied Andre Ayew with a reaction save at his near post, the Swansea forward's brother levelled just moments after Tosun had cleared off his line again.
Seamus Coleman came close to winning it for Everton but saw his first-time effort come back off the crossbar.
“It was a great point for us,” Allardyce told the cameras after the game. “As I said before, I think we're the first team to take points off Swansea in the last five home games.
“They've beaten Arsenal and Liverpool, Burnley and West Ham and we've come here and taken the lead and dug out a battling point against a team fighting down at the bottom.
“Irrespective of how much pressure we were under, Seamus Coleman could have won it for us when he hit the bar so when you get a point away from home it's always to be respected in the Premier League.
“It is a big point for us. Not the best performance that we wanted but the point is very good, very precious, and it moves us on.
“Our passing should have been a lot better but we dug in there and we held our own and, like I said, it could have been a different story. I'm sure Swansea will be saying they should have won it and maybe they should have done but when you've got a goalkeeper like we have… he takes some beating, doesn't he?“
The poor standard of Everton's overall performance was not received well by travelling fans who had packed out the away section of the Liberty Stadium, with anti-Allardyce chants ringing out in the second half.
The manager remained typically unfazed by the criticism, however, when he was asked about it during his post-match press conference.
“I never get annoyed by the fans, personally, because they wanted to see us play better,” the Allardyce said.
“But you have to give some credit to the opposition who don't let us play better. They're fighting away for points at the bottom of the league.
“You have to overcome the opposition so in the end we've got a very precious point.
“Yes we'd have all liked to have played better, but there's been a big problem with our away results.
“In our last two away games we're trying to put that right, the confidence to get away results comes from not losing and we haven't lost today.”