Bobbie Jackson, BBC Sport
In Sean Dyche's programme notes ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie against Luton, he said: "If you can't find a way to win a game, then don't lose it."
His players were unable to follow those instructions as Luton substitute Cauley Woodrow struck in the sixth minute of additional time to earn the visitors a 2-1 win.
On the face of it, a loss is arguably better than a replay for the Toffees with an extra fixture in an already busy calendar the last thing they need.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin had another game to forget as his goalless streak was extended to 15.
Dyche has a battle on his hands to keep Everton out of the relegation zone in the Premier League and he will need his side to start converting.
With just a one-point cushion to the bottom three, Everton need to put this FA Cup exit firmly to the back of their minds and focus on the 17 games left in their Premier League season.