Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Stoke

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 3 - 0 Everton

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Martinez praises Everton duo

Roberto Martinez praised Everton's second-half performance after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman secured a 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Last Updated: 27/10/13 at 07:38 Post Comment

Tim Howard: Everton keeper praised by Roberto Martinez

Tim Howard: Everton keeper praised by Roberto Martinez

Everton had been indebted to Tim Howard for keeping the scores level at half-time after the American keeper produced a superb save from Christian Benteke's early penalty.

Martinez was satisfied to come away from Villa Park with a clean sheet and he was delighted with the performance of Howard.

Commenting on the second-half performance, Martinez told Sky Sports: "It was very, very impressive because remember you need to give credit to Aston Villa for the way they played the game, they were always on the front foot.

"They are always going to create problems with the way they attack and that opens up the game in the first half, and we could create problems for the Villa back four, and they could create problems.

"The second half was very impressive in the way we dictated the play and we limited Villa's attacking play to very little. That was the biggest satisfaction today, to be able to improve the level in the second half and perform in a manner that was worthy of three points.

"I thought Tim was sensational. We started a little bit slowly and he was there to maintain the standards. We've got him to thank for a very important clean sheet."

Martinez was also impressed with Lukaku, who scored his fifth goal in five Premier League appearances since joining on loan from Chelsea.

The Everton boss added: "Since he arrived, he has never needed a settling-in period and that's credit to everyone at the club, from the fans to the experienced players who have allowed him to enjoy his football.

"The way he took his goal was just real composure and his overall contribution to our build-up play was really impressive, the way he kept the back four occupied.

"He's a young man who is already developing into someone who can fulfil their potential, and that's extremely exciting. We want Rom to carry on enjoying his football."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Scottish Championship: SFA has reject Rangers' request to increase Mike Ashley's shareholding in club

The SFA has turned down a request from Rangers to allow Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding in the club to 29.9 per cent.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property