Everton boss Martinez blocks out Goodison Park protests

Date published: Saturday 30th April 2016 6:42

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Roberto Martinez blocked out more protests at Goodison Park on Saturday as Everton defeated Bournemouth 2-1.

The under-fire Spaniard saw his team win for the first time in eight league and cup games, but the result was still met with protests from fans.

Ahead of the game a plane flying the banner ‘Roberto must go’ was visible, while after the game over 100 fans remained behind for more than 90 minutes holding up ‘Martinez Out’ signs and ‘Step Aside Bill’ (Kenwright) signs and chanting ‘Get out of our club’.

But Martinez again refused to address his detractors and claimed his side showed character after Tom Cleverley’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Mark Pugh.

“The win was very important – it has been an emotional time. We had to win. We had to dig deep, we showed were were a team and that we have character,” said Martinez.

“I am the manager of the football club and I am the one that takes the responsibility. We are in the results business.

“Football is a game full of passion and emotions and I understand what comes when you have not won enough games.

“I can understand we have been through a very painful time but we had high hopes; we wanted to get into the final and we have had eight (league) defeats at home.

“I cannot hide that it is a real disappointment for all of us, not just me. We want to learn from the mistakes.

“My intention is to win football games and to be successful and that doesn’t change.

“It is a privilege and an honour to be manager of Everton.”

Defender Leighton Baines secured Everton’s first home league win since early February with his first goal since November 2014 after Marc Pugh had cancelled out Tom Cleverley’s goal inside the opening 10 minutes.

Bournemouth have been safe from relegation for a few weeks now but boss Eddie Howe rejected suggestions his players had eased off now their future was secure.

“People have been accusing us of that for weeks,” he said.

“I am training the players as hard as ever. Losing hurts and I am determined to end the season on a high.

“We created some great chances and didn’t take them. How we conceded two goals today is a difficult one to come back on.”

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On Toffees fans protesting about his reign, he added: “In football you have to concentrate on affecting the game and just winning. The winning feeling allows you to move on. That’s what we can take from today.

“Those aspects (fans organising banners to be flown over Goodison) are not for me. My concentration is preparing the players and preparing for the game.”

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