DISAPPOINTED David Moyes lamented the “harsh” defeat that saw his makeshift Everton side surrender their long unbeaten home record against Chelsea.
And the Goodison manager apologised to Howard Webb after confronting the referee on the pitch following the final whistle yesterday.
Two goals from Frank Lampard cancelled out Steven Pienaar’s second-minute opener to earn the visitors an unlikely 2-1 victory at Goodison.
It was Everton’s first home loss since in 15 games since they were beaten by Arsenal in March, and leaves them three points adrift of a Champions League qualification berth in sixth place.
Everton, who were without injured Darron Gibson, unwell Phil Neville and suspended Marouane Fellaini, had dominated for period of the match with Nikica Jelavic striking the woodwork with a free-kick and a diving header.
And Moyes said: “For us not to come away with something is harsh on us.
“I don’t know if we’ll be in the mix (for a top-four place) but we got an XI and we tried to make what we had work, and for long periods we played well enough to get something from the game
“We were limited a bit with what we had and how we were going to play because we’d lost Darron Gibson and Phil Neville and not got Marouane because of suspension.