Earlier on in the season Everton were winning games and we knew there was room for improvement. The match against Fulham certainly falls into that category.

We came away from home, after the international break, and we got the result which was crucial. We know what happened after the last international break, we got the draw against Liverpool but then our form dipped after that.

It's difficult for the manager to get his point across in such a short space of time to get ready for the game, but you wouldn't have known that from the start of the game because we were pretty lively.

We put them under pressure, we went there looking to cause problems and we did that in the first half. At that point it looked like it was going to be a good showing for us.

The second half was totally different, which is a bit concerning. The decision-making from some in that second 45 minutes was baffling at times, when you just wanted Everton to be calm on the ball and not to panic.

Fulham, let's be realistic, are probably going to be favourites to go down - and we let them start dictating a little bit. We weren't doing the hard yards in the second half to put them under pressure or cause them problems.

These are the types of games we should be putting to bed early on, getting a fourth goal and then maybe thinking about resting players or giving others an opportunity.

But, at the end of the day, it was three points gained away from home with not much time to get our system ready. We can look back on the result happy with the win but knowing there's room for improvement.

In terms of the change in system, I was pretty pleased with it.

I wanted to see more of Ben Godfrey, I wanted to see why we'd brought him to the club by giving him an opportunity to play in his main position. And I think the three central defenders suited us at times.

But then there were a few negatives of course. We started dropping deep again and leaving spaces, and it's that gap between the midfield and the defence which I spoke about last week that's still causing issues.

That's something Carlo Ancelotti has to be concerned about, but it's something he can work on for the whole of this week to ratify. Opposition sides will spot that more and more over the course of the season if we don't.

You can't really blame the defence by itself, I think the whole team and the way we defended in the second half was off.

In the second half you saw Richarlison especially, who had been excellent defensively in the first half, start to get tired and fatigue really set in following his trip back from international duty. This increases the pressure on your back line.

Bernard of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park

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As a team, collectively, we need to be better defensively. It did look like the defence was all over the place at times, but it's more down to them not getting enough protection and I think fatigue played a huge part following the international break.

The second half felt like the longest 45 minutes in history at times and there's clearly room for improvement, but it's great to have three points and have that problem.

We've been here before and dropped points because of a performance, but this time it's nice to have three points on the board while knowing we didn't play well for 90 minutes. We can work on that, but there's a win on the board.

Now we're back to winning ways, the lads can get confidence from that while still knowing they have to do more, work harder, and play well for more than 45 minutes.

It's much more rosy than it has been in the past when we would have dropped points from a scenario such as that one.

It's up to Carlo whether he wants to keep this system in place for any upcoming games. Really, we want to try and keep to a certain formation to try and improve on it, week on week.

But then you've got to consider the opposition. The coaching staff will look at who we're up against, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and play in a style that will win us the three points.

Ancelotti has seen the players in that formation now, but it's up to him whether he can trust them doing it again or whether we have to revert to the flat back four. We've brought Carlo in to make these decisions.

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For every game you have to be able to keep the opposition guessing, so it's good we played a new formation in my opinion.

Next time out, Leeds will have to work out if we're going to be playing a five again or whether we'll go back to four in defence.

Alex Iwobi in particular deserves credit. In the first half he was our out-ball and you could see just watching from the TV screen he was maybe a little scared to go too far forward, and he had his defensive mind on a little bit.

But he became our outlet and he didn't have his back to play, which seemed to help him and suited his game. In other matches he's probably had his back to goal, was tightly marked and found it difficult to play in his style.

With everything in front of him and the ball at his feet on this occasion, it was up to him to make the right decisions. He had space to drive and take players on, which he did, and to put dangerous deliveries into the box.

The way Fulham played, Carlo must have spotted that the wing backs would be very important - and they were thanks to Lucas Digne picking up another two assists and Iwobi having such a good performance.

It worked against Fulham, whether it would work against other sides in the Premier League is maybe a different matter.