Gareth Barry has revealed to Everton's official website that Roberto Martinez's half-time team talk against Manchester United saw him stress the need to put 45 forgettable minutes behind them and start afresh.
The Toffees went into the break 2-0 down against United, after putting in what was an uncharacteristically weak display at Goodison Park.
And Barry says that Martinez was not happy with their performance, insisting that the team needed to raise their game for the second period and get the fans back on side.
"We didn’t play well enough in the first half but we spoke at half-time about it being a big start to the second half,” Barry added.
“We managed to get the fans off their seats, we had a few chances and their goalkeeper has made a couple of good saves but unfortunately, they hit us on the counter and got a third which deflated us."
Unfortunately for Everton, Martinez's words didn't have the desired impact, as United rounded off their triumph with a Wayne Rooney goal in the second period.
It was an impressive performance from the Red Devils, but Everton will be frustrated to have lost without posing much of a threat.
The Toffees have been in good form throughout the campaign so far, and they have threatened most teams they have faced, but they were brushed aside by United.
Everton are now sat in ninth position in the Premier League table, and their next fixture comes against an in-form Arsenal side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.