Martinez understands frustrations, vows to make fans proud

Date published: Saturday 16th April 2016 6:51

Roberto Martinez: Was approached by a protestor

Roberto Martinez: Was approached by a protestor

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists he understands the frustration of a fan who confronted him on the pitch during the draw with Southampton.

A 1-1 draw with Southampton means the Toffees have taken just 17 points out of a possible 51 at Goodison Park this season and are now guaranteed to finish with their lowest home points tally in top-flight history.

The atmosphere at Goodison Park has been worsening by the week and there is an increasing number of supporters who blame Martinez for their underachievement.

One took it upon himself to invade the pitch late in the game and confront stand-in captain Leon Osman before directing a volley of a abuse at Martinez, stood in his technical area, and being led away.

“We all understand that the results at home have not been anywhere near what we expect,” said Martinez, who in the week was filmed having a discussion with a supporter while watching the under-21s in Southport.

Roberto Martinez Everton

“We have been talking a lot about the contrasting seasons we are having away from home and at home and it is understandable you get that frustration.

“But we have a really good opportunity to take advantage of where we are.

“We are competing in the (FA Cup) semi-final and we have games where we want to make fans proud.

“That is what we are going to do from now until the end of the season, make sure they are proud of our performances and results.”

Ramiro Funes Mori’s 68th-minute goal was cancelled out eight minutes later by Sadio Mane’s close-range strike but there was more bad news for Everton with Seamus Coleman limping off.

With a Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday and Manchester United awaiting at Wembley on Saturday the last thing Martinez needed was more defensive injuries with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines both missing this game.

“He felt his hamstring and we will assess him in the morning but it will be hard to see him being involved this week as that sort of injury takes longer than a week,” added the Toffees boss.

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