Everton stopper Tim Howard has urged his teammates to take the positives from their defeat at Arsenal.
The Toffees frustrated Arsene Wenger's side for the majority of the game at the Emirates Stadium, only for Robin Van Persie to fire home a stunning volley that broke the resistance of the visitors.
It was an unstoppable strike that Howard could do nothing about, but throughout the match the American spotted various elements that David Moyes' side can build-on over the busy festive period.
"There are positives. We played pretty well but we all feel pretty bad because we lost and you don't get anything for losing," Howard told Everton TV online.
"We played well enough to get a point but it wasn't to be; it was a fantastic goal by Van Persie, he's in electric form."
Reflecting on the defensive effort, the American international was again relatively happy with the display in-front of him by the back four.
However, defeat to the Gunners was a second consecutive 1-0 loss after losing to Stoke at Goodison Park last weekend, and Howard is hoping a much better spell of results is around the corner.
"I think we have been very good defensively. Unfortunately we haven't kept out that one sneaky goal here and there," he added.
"Even against the likes of Wolves, they got a penalty but we defended well. We defended well at Bolton and for the most part we kept Stoke out and weathered their bombardment.
"We played well again today but we ned to keep them out and get the goals at the other end. It's going to come, it really will.
"We have got to keep playing confidently. We always tend to do well in this period, I have been here six seasons now and this is usually our best spell so long may that continue."