David Moyes admitted the Everton fans were right to boo their team off the Goodison Park pitch following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.
The Toffees saw their winless run extended to five games after going down to Hatem Ben Arfa's first-half strike as their disappointing start to the new season continued.
"I would have booed after that performance," admitted Moyes at full-time."They are good players and a good team but they now need to stand up and be counted.
"We didn't start the game well and Newcastle deserved the victory, I've got no qualms about that.
"We had no real chances up until 90 minutes, we're not kidding ourselves about that."
Substitute Yakubu hit the post late on, before Marouane Fellaini saw his close-range effort deflected behind by some last-ditch defending in stoppage time.
Moyes added:"We then had two and we were maybe a little bit unfortunate that one hits the post and bounces back into the goalkeeper's arms and the other one I actually think was really good defending. The boy just does enough to nick it off him.
"Give Newcastle credit, they came here, stifled, made it difficult for us and did a great job away from home."