No issue with Mirallas says Everton boss Martinez.


Everton boss Roberto Martinez said he had no issue with Kevin Mirallas despite the forward's controversial penalty miss against Tony Pulis’ West Brom at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Mirallas missed the penalty in the first half of the 0-0 draw against the Baggies after deciding not to take advice from his team-mates to hand the ball to Leighton Baines who is the club's main spot-kick taker and has only missed one of his 16 penalties in the Premier League.

The Belgian attacker was taken off at half-time and the Toffees manager said ‘it was an unfortunate kick' but he had no problem with Mirallas showing courage to take the penalty.

"Obviously our penalty taker is Leighton Baines, he's the No 1,” Martinez said after their goalless draw. “But we had a penalty shoot-out against West Ham, Mirallas always takes penalties really well.

"He was feeling he could take the penalty and Leighton Baines was happy to allow him to do that.

"Both have got the quality to score goals. It was an unfortunate kick, missing the target, it makes a big issue.

"But at that moment he felt really confident. The big disappointment is that we couldn't convert the penalty, not who took it.

"He wasn't 100 per cent [at half-time], he was feeling his hamstring, as you could see straight after the penalty, there was a couple of moments he wasn't moving freely. We needed dynamic players in the second half, full of energy."


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