David Moyes admits he will have to find another way of getting his team to create chances after their disappointing start to the season.
The Toffees sold Steven Pienaar to Tottenham in January and Mikel Arteta moved to Arsenal in August after handing in a transfer request.
Losing the midfielders has had a detrimental effect on the flair in Everton's play, but Moyes feels his team have the determination to make up for it.
He said: "The resilience among the players has always been here. We are maybe a little bit like we were in the second or third year after I took over (in 2002) - I thought we looked a bit like that on Saturday.
"But we had some good years there and we won a lot of good games. Maybe we weren't quite with the free-flowing football of the past seasons but my job is to find another way of winning.
"At the moment we don't quite have the flair and ability to win it the way we have done in recent seasons with the likes of Mikel and Pienaar.
"But we certainly have a great heartbeat among the players and we will be trying to keep digging out a few results."