Martinez: Everton’s dire display was a one-off

Date published: Saturday 19th March 2016 5:36

Roberto Martinez claims Everton’s “pedestrian” performance in the defeat to Arsenal was not typical of their recent form

The Toffees failed to test their visitors, with the Gunners cruising to a 2-0 win courtesy of first-half goals from Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi.

The defeat was Everton’s sixth in their last nine home games and¬†highlighted the inconsistency of their form which has blighted their campaign.

While Martinez accepted the display was poor, the Spaniard insisted it was not in keeping with their recent performances.

“Today was a one-off,” he said. “I don’t think we were ourselves in any part of the game and it was frustrating to see such contrasting performances.

“Seven days ago (when they knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup) we had an intensity which was joyful.

“Today we had doubt and we were pedestrian. We looked like the team that played on Wednesday and travelled in Europe. Arsenal looked the fresh team.

“I don’t think we had one period in the game when we looked like ourselves.

“Normally we create opportunities. We never did that. We were very slow in our build-up.

“It looked like a fearful performance.”

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