After hauling off a substitute for the second consecutive Premier League game, Duncan Ferguson insists he was never scared to make tough calls as Everton caretaker manager.

Six days after he replaced Moise Kean just 18 minutes after his introduction in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Scot performed a similar manoeuvre on Cenk Tosun in the goalless stalemate against Arsenal.

The Turkish international did not look impressed with the decision and went straight down the tunnel at Goodison Park although he had played 69 minutes having come on for the injured Alex Iwobi just 11 minutes into the contest.

Ferguson said: “I can understand why they're upset but I make the decision for the benefit of the team.

“It might be the wrong call, it might be the right call, that's up to other people to analyse that but as far as I'm concerned we've got another point, a clean sheet, and I'll make that call.”

Other than a penalty shoot-out exit to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, Ferguson completed his four-game tenure as caretaker manager undefeated over 90 minutes.

Although he remains immensely proud of fulfilling Howard Kendall's prediction that he would one day take charge of the Blues, he insists the credit should go to his players.

Everton's Cenk Tosun (left) and Moise Kean during the game
Everton's Cenk Tosun (left) and Moise Kean during the game

Ferguson said: “I always had ambitions and the great man believed in me and always felt one day I'd become the Everton manager.

“I've done that, albeit for only four games, but I'm really proud with what's happened over the past two weeks, it's incredible.

“I've learned decision-making. I'm not scared to make decisions and I do it for the benefit of the team and I think all the players know that.

“The players are undefeated. I just happen to be stood on the touchline. They're the guys who are putting in a shift and deserve the credit, not me.

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“They've been incredible for the football club, they've really restored that passion and pride back into the team.”

Ferguson revealed that he had some “good banter” on the touchline with Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg who was also taking charge as caretaker for the last time following Mikel Arteta's appointment.

The Scot told the Swede near the end of the match that he just hoped that referee Kevin Friend would blow his whistle for full-time in what had been a lacklustre contest.

Duncan Ferguson gestures on the touchline
Duncan Ferguson gestures on the touchline

He said: “It was a positive thing from the match that we kept a clean sheet. It's a long time since we kept one of them.

“We didn't have many clear cut chances and I thought we struggled a wee bit in the final third but we kept a good shape and restricted Arsenal to not many chances.

“It was a bit of a struggle out there and fatigue had set in a little bit.

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“I cannot fault the effort of the players, they were unbelievable again to a man.

“At the end of the day there's no point kidding ourselves and we're at the bottom (end) of the league. So we've got to work extremely hard to get to sixth, eighth or tenth.

“We've got to continue to work hard and I'm sure they'll get recruitment in January and strengthen again but the but league table doesn't lie – we are where we are.”