Walcott conceded the Toffees were disappointed not to travel back to Merseyside with all three points having been in a commanding position – but focused on the 'fantastic' football they played to go in front as they preserved their unbeaten start to 2018-19 under Silva.
“We're a bit disappointed," said the January signing from Arsenal, who opened the scoring in last weekend's 2-1 win over Southampton at Goodison. “The guys worked tremendously hard. We've been down to 10 men already this season. We were fantastic in the first 30 minutes in the second half and, for whatever reason – especially when they went down to 10 men – we dropped and let them back into the game. But overall you have to take a step back and think we probably would have taken a point at half-time.
“It's not about how many men you have on the field but how you perform and I thought we performed fantastically well at a certain point. It's just a shame we didn't take three points as our fans were fantastic. They travelled a long way, showed great support throughout the whole game and that's what we need.
“We were enjoying working hard for each other which is what you've got to do when you have 10 men. We train so hard, the philosophy the manager has dug into the players is starting to show. We are playing with freedom. We are looking good, looking strong but there is more improvement to come, I'm sure."