Roberto Martinez has responded to claims that he may fear over his position at Everton after yet another defeat.
The Toffees slipped to a comfortable 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Wednesday, sealing the Black Cats’ Premier League survival but pushing Martinez closer to the brink.
His side are now 12th, and could finish as low as 16th this season with certain results on the final day this weekend.
Although the Spaniard has delivered FA Cup and Capital One Cup semi-finals this season, league form has suffered exponentially, and the pressure is increasing on the manager.
“We tried to get the focus after being in the FA Cup semi-final and sometimes it drops the intensity,” said Martinez.
“The effort we put in deserved a lot more.
“You cannot be happy with not winning football games. I’m pleased with the effort and the intent of the players,” Martinez told Sky Sports.
“It was not an easy game and Sunderland had a lot of momentum with their focus on the league.
“We have one more game to get the winning feeling and perform in a manner in which we can get the three points and end the season better.”
Fans unveiled a ‘Martinez Out’ banner in the away end at the Stadium of Light – not the first since of opposition against his regime.
Asked whether he fears for his job, Martinez replied: “That is not really a question.”