Roberto Martinez insists Kevin Mirallas’s spot-kick fiasco will not be repeated.


Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Kevin Mirallas's penalty-kick catastrophe will not happen again as he reconfirmed Leighton Baines will take the Toffees' penalties.

Martinez has made it clear that the incident in which his Belgian forward Mirallas took the ball off left-back Baines against West Brom over a week ago at Goodison Park, was a costly mistake as the Merseysiders were held to a 0-0 draw on the night.

However, the Everton manager revealed the issue was dealt with during their warm-weather training break in Qatar last week.

‘He didn’t have anything to apologise for,’ said Martinez as the Daily Mail reported.

‘Kevin had been in the best moment of his season. If he had scored, this wouldn’t have been an issue.

‘The hardest aspect is to present yourself to take the penalty. Leighton Baines is our penalty taker. He has got an incredible record.

‘There were many emotions for Kevin. They are both capable of taking penalties. Leighton was ready and wanted to take the penalty. Kevin was desperate to take it and there were other emotional aspects that were maybe forcing him to want to score. We had 45 minutes to score another goal.

‘The penalty is not going to decide our season. We have got another 16 games to go. Kevin has given us so much that it is very unfair to pick on him. It was not indiscipline.

‘We are making a meal out of missing a penalty. I don’t like people arguing on the pitch.’


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