Roberto Martinez refusing to dwell on past FA Cup glories

Date published: Friday 8th January 2016 11:27

Roberto Martinez: Won the FA Cup three years ago

Roberto Martinez: Won the FA Cup three years ago

Roberto Martinez guided Wigan to their only ever FA Cup triumph but the Everton manager insists it is not an achievement which he spends much time reliving.

The Spaniard masterminded a shock Wembley win over the much-fancied Manchester City in 2013 shortly before he moved to Goodison Park.

But as he begins his involvement again with a third-round tie at home to League Two’s Dagenham & Redbridge Martinez is adamant that success is one to savour later in life.

“I always feel when you win silverware you keep on the side and you never look into it too much,” he said.

“It is one of those moments you treasure but want to review when you retire with the grandchildren around the fireplace, telling stories.”

Martinez has already guided the Toffees to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup this season, holding a 2-1 lead over Manchester City ahead of the second leg later this month, and while he is wary of succumbing to an upset it will not prevent him using a number of squad players.

“My own experience tells me there is no such thing as using your divisional status in any cup run,” he added.

“We respect immensely Dagenham & Redbridge, who will come to Goodison with a desire and belief to qualify and we must match that.

“But this game is really important because it will give us a lot of information about our own squad.”

That is likely to mean a run out of the likes of midfielders Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady, with five and four appearances respectively this season, and Steven Naismith.

All three have attracted interest from clubs in this transfer window and Martinez admits there may come a time when he has to let them leave – either on loan or permanently. We have had a lot of interest from Darron Gibson and Aidan McGeady and we need to sit down and consider what is the next step,” he said.

“It has been disappointing for them not to have enough minutes on the pitch and they need to be playing until the end of the season due to the opportunity of playing for Ireland in the Euros.

“They deserve to have special attention at this stage of the season. They haven’t played enough and now is a good opportunity to see if the second half of the season can be a good one.”

Captain Phil Jagielka will also make his long-awaited return after more than two months out with a knee injury after being named as an unused substitute for the last two matches.

“It has been a big boost to have him around the dressing room,” said Martinez.

“His presence is a real calm influence. He is someone who has been through every single situation on the pitch and it has been valuable having him around even when he wasn’t available to play 90 minutes.

“He is back now and it is a perfect opportunity for everyone to see him back on the pitch and to use his leadership skills in good measure.”

Summer signing Leandro Rodriguez is also set for his first-team debut after a testing first six months since arriving in England from River Plate Montevideo for £500,000.

He scored two goals early on for Everton’s Under-21s before injuries halted his progress.

“Leandro is trying to get used to the physicality of the British game,” said the Toffees boss.

“He has had a couple of injury setbacks in the first six months with us. It will be a hard-earned reward from his point of view.”

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