Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said - at a press conference covered by the Liverpool Echo - that he would rather have performances than points at this stage of the season, but feels that his side deserve more than the nine points from the opening six games they have notched up so far.
The Toffees have opened up with some difficult games in the 2015/16 campaign, facing the likes of Southampton, Chelsea, Tottenham and Swansea City.
Martinez was asked about what would be considered as success for the side this season, but side-stepped the question like a man who was managing expectations after some pleasing performances from his side, stating that consistent displays are the best way to measure things at this moment in time.
He told reporters: "The performances of Southampton away and Chelsea at home have shown what this squad can achieve.
"I think our level of our performances have been better than the points return. In general terms we are very much aware of the level of competition we've faced."
The Toffees have been sweating on the fitness on two of their defenders. Seamus Coleman missed the midweek League Cup win at Reading, while John Stones limped out of the tie, but both of the players could return to action for Monday night's trip to The Hawthorns, if not the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park the following Sunday.
"We've been pleased with John's reaction to treatment in the next few days, the next 48 hours are going to be important. He's touch and go for the West Brom game.
"Seamus could be involved on Monday, if not then the derby. The squad should be the same as we had against Reading and Swansea."