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Pickford insists Everton did enough to beat Aston Villa

Jordan Pickford admits Everton were frustrated they could not covert their second-half dominance against Aston Villa into a victory.

The clash at Goodison Park ended in a goalless draw, with Emiliano Martinez denying Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a magnificent save towards the end.

The Toffees are now two points behind sixth-placed West Ham United with three games remaining in the season.

Asked whether he believed Everton's display was worthy of three points, Pickford said: "I think in the second half we were better and we created a few chances.

"The Villa keeper had some good saves and they made a few good blocks. I think in the second half, definitely [we did enough].

"In the first half, we didn't quite get going – but we were still in the game. And we gave ourselves the best chance of getting a result by keeping a clean sheet and having a solid base at the back.

"I think we grew in belief in the second half. We started to find those gaps – Gylfi, Richarlison and Dominic started getting chances. We just needed one of our chances to go in.

"We'd like to have won, of course, but we take a point and that could be crucial at the end of the season.

"We've got three big games now and it starts against Sheffield United on Sunday – and we'll go for the win."

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