Rewards will come for Everton, insists Martinez

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 2:27

Roberto Martinez: Believes Everton will be stronger with new investor

Roberto Martinez: Believes Everton will be stronger with new investor

Roberto Martinez admits Everton are conceding goals too easily but is confident they will get the rewards their play deserves.

The Toffees are unbeaten in six Premier League games and have only lost three times all season, but eight draws mean they do not have the points haul they would have hoped for.

Everton sat 10th going into the weekend, six points off the top four and 12 adrift of leaders and Saturday’s opponents Leicester.

The last three games have been particularly disappointing, with Everton held to draws by Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Norwich.

Martinez said: “It’s not the time to look at the table. We are disappointed with the amount of points we’ve dropped in the last three games, because that’s the way we see it.

“You need to see through that and understand that we’ve been very consistent in the last six games we’ve played in the league.

“You saw fantastic signs – some of our attacking play has been exceptional – and now is a period that we need the support of our fans and everyone at our football club to try to develop a little bit of knowhow in managing that outstanding attacking play that we’ve shown in order for it to be reflected in scorelines.

“That’s what we have to do from now until the end of the season. If we do that, we’ll end up with the points that our football deserves.”

Everton have been very good in front of goal, with their tally of 29 only bettered by Manchester City and Leicester.

But the Toffees’ defence has been too leaky for Martinez’s liking, and it is the manner in which they are conceding that is frustrating the Spaniard.

Against Bournemouth, Everton scored what appeared to be a winner in injury time only to concede again, while they failed to press home their first-half dominance against Norwich and paid the price.

Martinez said: “We need to get through a period where we learn and we understand what’s needed.

“One thing is becoming a real force of being able to break teams down and take the main role of the game and getting on the ball and being really dominant and positive.

“The other aspect is managing the game and there are moments that you have to be able to get through without being punished too much and, at the moment, we’re being heavily punished.

“We’ve conceded in situations where we should manage that a little bit better. That’s part of the process of becoming a strong team and becoming a winning team.”

Far from fading after a flying start, Leicester appear to be getting stronger, with their key duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scoring in Monday’s 2-1 win against Chelsea that ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job.

Saturday’s match unsurprisingly is being billed as a clash between Vardy and Romelu Lukaku, who will be looking to score for a seventh consecutive game as he closes in on Vardy’s new record.

Martinez is looking forward to seeing how his whole team match up, saying: “Leicester are as good as they’ve been.

“You’re looking at the way they played on Monday, the way they played in the previous game against Swansea, this is a team that has no fear, they know exactly what they’re doing, they’ve got an incredible spirit and the players that have to be on form in order to present a goalscoring threat, they are probably in the best moment of their careers.

“So it’s the worst time to face them but I think we are ready to face those sort of footballing challenges. We really need that sort of game to test ourselves and see how far we can progress.”

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