Martinez believes Newcastle win proves Everton can juggle multiple competitions.



Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his side’s emphatic 3-0 win over Newcastle illustrates his players can juggle the demands of both domestic and European competition.

Goals from James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley crowned an impressive performance that ensured a much-needed victory to allay the Toffees’ slight relegation fears.

Martinez believes the win at Goodison Park highlights his players’ ability to perform on two fronts ahead of their Europa League last 16 second leg against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday.

“A lot of players came in and showed the mentality that they were ready to compete in two competitions at this stage of the season,” said Martinez.

“We had to manage the occasion knowing we had a really big game on Thursday and it raised real question marks of how well we can keep the intensity. The game was a complete performance.”

Everton’s comfortable victory was their first league win in six encounters and lifted Martinez’s side eight points clear of the drop zone with nine games remaining.

Martinez reiterated the importance of the victory after an alarming slide down the Premier League table, particularly as their Europa League form hads been contrastingly so consistent.

“We knew it was ten cup finals for us. We managed the game really well – off the ball everyone showed a fantastic responsibility which made for a strong performance.”

The Everton boss also hailed Lukaku’s performance, whose cool penalty was his seventh goal in six games in all competitions, with the £28m striker benefiting from strike partner Arouna Kone’s support.

Martinez said: “They developed a really good understanding. I think the way they brought other players into the game was good.

“Romelu is taking responsibility game by game. To be able to perform in the manner that he did on Thursday and then again today shows that he’s ahead of his time and he’s developing into a very important player for us.”

Source: talkSPORT


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