Phil Jagielka concedes Everton "paid the price" after going for broke when down to 10 men during their heavy home loss to West Brom.
The Toffees were already 2-1 down when Mikel Arteta received his marching orders shortly before the hour mark for a stamp on Gonzalo Jara and the Baggies subsequently ran out 4-1 winners.
West Brom always looked comfortable but defender Jagielka believes the hosts had two choices after the red card and were well beaten after opting to go all-out to get back into the game.
"I thought we came out for the second half and looked like we were maybe going to do something but unfortunately Mikel's sending off killed us," said the England international.
"We could then either sit back and take 2-1 and hopefully create one or two chances and maybe get a draw, or go at it and try to create three, four or five chances.
"We went for the latter but West Brom are a good passing team and they took their chances well.
"We have just not been at the races and have paid the price."
The Toffees must now lift themselves for a trip to champions Chelsea next week, although Carlo Ancelotti's men are also struggling for form of late.
Jagielka said: "It is obviously not going to be an easy game away at Chelsea but we are going there as underdogs and hopefully we can put in a decent performance and come away with something."