Everton boss: We deserved more.


Roberto Martinez reckons his side deserved more than a defeat after the Toffees' unbeaten eight-game run came to an end at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Everton's Kevin Mirallas scored the opener in the 15th minute with a fantastic strike but Tottenham equalised with a goal from Christian Eriksen and former Valencia striker Roberto Soldaldo increased the deficit before half-time.

And, the Everton boss says leaving north London with no point didn’t feel right. "We're really disappointed because I don't think the players deserved to finish with that empty feeling at the end," Martinez told the club's official website [evertonfc.com].

"We started the game really brightly; we scored a magnificent goal, which is the hardest thing in football - scoring that first goal away from home."

Martinez also expressed they should have gone on to score a second goal which might have clinched a win for the Merseyside club after Mirallas gave them the lead.

"I did feel at that point we could have just killed the game and gone for the second goal but we couldn't really find that rhythm. Then the game went into a little bit of a strange moment where Spurs ended up hitting the back of the net twice in a fortunate manner.

He continued "You'd then think that Spurs were going to come out, dictate things and take the game away from us, but it wasn't the case. We reacted extremely well, we had to be expansive, we had to put in a lot of effort, and I thought the performance in the second half put us in good positions, and we should have taken advantage.

"But, overall, I'm pleased with the performance, because it's not an easy place to come and the energy levels that we showed, the commitment, even some phases of our football were really, really good. It's a tough scoreline to take when I didn't think our performance deserved that."

Martinez also praised Kevin Mirallas, who scored wonder goal from 20 yards.

"I've been really impressed because he's been working really hard away from the football pitch and he was growing a lot of desire to come back and make a massive impact. And he's done that. To be able to play three games in eight days is fantastic," he added.

"He had to play a long period against West Ham, he played a really important role against Wolfsburg and today it was a shame he couldn't last for the 90 minutes.

"But he's just such an influential and wonderful footballer to have fit and enjoying his football. There's not many players in this league who can create what he creates with real style."

Written by Thinkfootballideas staff


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