Roberto Martinez insists he not “lost” the support of the Everton fans ahead of their Capital One Cup semi-final.
With the club languishing in 11th spot at the turn of the year and enduring four home defeats already this term the Everton boss has come under fire from sections of the Goodison Park faithful. Many fans believe the club, who have finished fifth, 11th and 11th in Martinez’s three seasons in charge, are underachieving, but Martinez believes the majority of supporters are with him.
“We’ve never lost them,” said Martinez, when asked if Everton have to win the fans back.
“The fans see a fully committed team who give everything. We always fight until the end and some of the attacking football this season has been outstanding.
“The performances have been very consistent, but we need the help of our fans.
“We have been in commanding positions at some points and lost leads. We need the help of everyone,” added Martinez.
Martinez, whose men face Man City in the League Cup semi-final, first leg at Goodison on Wednesday night is convinced the atmosphere at home will have a big part to play against Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
“We need to be aware of the special side that we have. We shouldn’t worry about losing players because if we do it is for football reasons.
“The players we have now, for me, are world class.
“The fans are showing the great frustration we share, we have to be patient, we can’t just become, overnight, a good team and have the experience and know-how to keep the leads and win games,” added Martinez.