Roberto Martinez admits he is keen to forget the “horrible, horrible experience” of Everton’s 4-0 derby defeat to Liverpool.
Martinez, who now faces a critical clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, saw his side thrashed by their fiercest rivals in a one-sided Barclays Premier League encounter.
To compound matters, the Toffees had defender Ramiro Funes Mori sent off for a bad tackle on Divock Origi and the Argentinian will now be suspended for the weekend trip to Wembley.
Gareth Barry could also be doubtful after being forced off with groin injury while John Stones, who had a poor game, suffered from stomach cramps and illness.
Martinez said: “It was a horrible experience for everyone connected to the football club.
“It was a game that is probably turned with the two actions when we didn’t defend well enough in a period of three minutes before half-time. Clearly we lost concentration.
“We gave away a soft cushion of two goals. Just before half-time that becomes a massive blow. We tried to regroup but the first action is a red-card incident.
“From that point on the game becomes a non-event and it becomes a horrible, horrible experience, especially knowing the big game we have around the corner.
“Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. The whole chain of events was horrific and it is a showing we need to forget as quickly as we can.”
Martinez, speaking at his post-match press conference, did not want to be drawn on suggestions that his position is now precarious.
The Spaniard said: “That is not my focus. My focus is to make sure we prepare properly for the game on Saturday.”
He added: “Nobody deserved to experience that. I don’t think any fans deserved it, any players – nobody representing Everton. But the reality is that’s football and we have to move on quickly and repay our fans with a proper performance and a proper showing in the FA Cup semi-final.”
Martinez accepted the decision to send Funes Mori off for his challenge on Origi early in the second half.
He said: “Ramiro tries to win the ball. That is his intent, he doesn’t try to hurt the player. It is a mistimed challenge and at that time he gets Divock Origi’s ankle.
“It could have been a yellow card, it could have been a red card. I can understand why the referee gave it. Ramiro probably got carried away with the emotion of the derby.”