Martinez: We adapted well

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad following a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Last Updated: 20/04/14 at 20:06 Post Comment

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Everton are accustomed to bossing Premier League opponents, with their attacking philosophy based on being in control of the football.

They were however able to see off United on Sunday - earning them a first league double over the Manchester giants in 44 years - with their lowest possession stats of the season.

Martinez claims he set his side up aware that United would look to dominate and was delighted to see a different approach deliver an eighth win in nine outings.

Asked for the most pleasing aspects of Everton's performance, the Spaniard told Sky Sports: "I think it was the focus and the concentration, more than anything.

"We knew that we were facing a very good side, away from home they have a terrific record, and in that respect we have had three games in eight days and it was important that we were focused and very clear on what we wanted to do. I think we did that.

"We controlled the aspects of the game that we wanted to do. I thought we were electrifying on the counter-attack, the way that we got into the final third was very enjoyable.

"Then we worked extremely hard to keep a clean sheet. To get a two-goal lead, it is very difficult to keep a clean sheet because you are going to get Manchester United coming at you and throwing everything at you. I thought the manner in which we kept a clean sheet was very pleasing."

Martinez added: "Sometimes you need to adapt to what you are going to face on the pitch. We are capable of adapting to different things.

"I thought the way the game was going today, that suited us. When we need to be patient in our build-up and break teams down, we can do that.

"It was more the case with the amount of quality that United had on the pitch today, with the technical players that they had. It was a game that we had to be very solid and very well organised and use the dynamic football that we have.

"That was what put us in front in the game, gave us that two-goal lead."

First-half goals from Leighton Baines, who converted from the penalty spot, and Kevin Mirallas saw Everton past United and back to within one point of fourth-placed Arsenal in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification.

On that particular battle, Martinez said: "We are very clear with what we want to do.

"I was pleased that the team showed a real focus in wanting to win the game. I think the squad is ready, and that's pleasing.

"To take 24 points out of 27 is a remarkably consistent level and that's what we're going to do in the next three games.

"It's exciting. We have got a final game at home at Goodison against Manchester City and two very difficult fixtures away from home and we will try to get as many points as we can."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers coy as Liverpool's bid for QPR's Loic Remy collapses

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool have pulled out of a deal to sign Loic Remy but refused to clarify why.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

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