Martinez happy with Everton’s defensive improvement

Date published: Sunday 3rd January 2016 8:07

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez was full of praise for a much-improved defensive display from his side in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

While Tottenham are three points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League, Everton are six points adrift of the Red Devils in 11th having won only one of their last seven games.

They have won only three times at Goodison Park in the league this season, but Sunday’s performance was, at least, an improvement on their last two efforts at home – a 3-2 loss to Leicester and 4-3 reverse against Stoke.

Martinez said: “I thought throughout the game we had a very, very good performance.

“We have been conceding goals cheaply at home and it was something we had to rectify.

“I thought in the first half we had that in our minds and wanted to defend with intensity. We defended really well.

“In the second half we were a bit more ourselves. We kept that defensive intensity, got on the ball more and in the last half-hour were one decision or one touch away from maybe getting a winning goal, and that is pleasing.

“We had to defend better at home – it has not been good enough and cost us a lot of points. Today’s performance showed we are ready to be stronger defensively.”

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