Martinez: Win at Stoke shows how far we’ve come

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2016 11:11

Roberto Martinez: Sacked

Roberto Martinez: Sacked

Roberto Martinez says Saturday’s 3-0 win at Stoke City proved how far Everton have come this season and how hungry they are to finish it strongly.

The Toffees blitzed their hosts at a rain-lashed Britannia Stadium with first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon, and created several further chances to add to their tally after the break.

The comprehensive win came only a day or so after footage had emerged showing Martinez producing some interesting dance moves at a Jason Derulo concert.

Asked if he had been tempted to do something similar at the end of Saturday’s match, Martinez said: “I thought about it, if I’m honest with you!

“But I felt it would be difficult to beat the moves we had on the pitch.

“I think today the likes of Tom Cleverley, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku had the best moves of the game. I’m going to keep mine for another occasion!”

Everton have been accused of underachieving this season, but this Premier League win strengthened the impression they are turning a corner as they moved up from 11th to eighth in the table.

It was the first time they have registered back-to-back league wins in 2015-16, and also represented a third straight victory in all competitions, with each of them being 3-0 results.

Martinez said: “Overall, to come to the Britannia Stadium and get that scoreline with the controlling performance we had was very pleasing.

“I think it shows how far we have come this season and how hungry the group is to finish the season really strong.

“Being able to be mature with our performances has been a real enigma this season.

“We are a team with a big amount of goals from open play, but managing scorelines has been a real problem.

“Sometimes it has been a lack of maturity, sometimes a lack of focus.

“But I think in the last three games we have shown a real understanding of what to do on a football pitch.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how strongly we can finish the season.”

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