Bond said: "Not making any excuses for us, but I think we were playing against one of the top sides, and they played very well, making it very difficult for us.
"We couldn't afford to come here and be too gung-ho and we felt we needed to try to stay in the game.
"But the pressure was growing, with them getting opportunities.
"We held out as long as we did, but the longer the game went, you did feel that it was only going to be a matter of time (before Everton scored).
"I think in order for us to maybe do something about it, we needed to come in at half time only 1-0 down, and I think the second goal almost settled the game as a contest really.
"It is disappointing, but this is not going to define our season.
"Not trying to wash over the defeat but, hopefully in the grand scheme of things, this won't have too big an effect on what is our main aim."
Asked about Rangers being linked with a move for Jelavic, Bond said: "If you read the papers, he would appear to be on our radar.
"I can't say (whether or not QPR are interested in Jelavic), but it would be fair to say that the manager is looking for some striking options."
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