Martinez unhappy with ‘pedestrian’ and ‘fearful’ Everton

Date published: Sunday 24th January 2016 8:24

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez: Angry at first-half performance

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was critical of his players for the way they handed the initiative to Swansea in the home defeat.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty was cancelled out by Jack Cork’s own goal after he diverted in Gareth Barry’s backheel at Goodison Park before Andre Ayew’s deflected shot restored a lead the Swans comfortably held onto through the second half.

Although the loss to injury of Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas – ruling both out of Wednesday’s crucial Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester City – inside the first half-hour disrupted their plans, Martinez was disappointed in Everton.

“We were very slow in our performance – pedestrian – but two aspects affected our momentum which was the two injuries,” he said.

“The first half and second half performance were very contrasting.

“We created enough chances to win the game. The fearful aspect of our performance was a real shame.”

The Toffees now have the worst home defensive record in the Premier League.

“We haven’t found the right way of playing at home. That is the truth,” added Martinez.

“The stats reflect a really poor defensive record at home.

“We want to impress our fans, play attacking football and become a winning team but we are finding it tough to free ourselves.”

England centre-back John Stones was at fault for Swansea’s first goal, leaving a backpass short, and had a poor game generally but Martinez defended the 21-year-old.

“John is a young man who has a lot of pride in what he does,” he said.

“What has happened with John and a few of our youngsters is they have been in the limelight and we forget they are young and need to be given space and time.”

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