Martinez Not Relinquishing Top FOUR Spot – Expects Gunners To Slip Up


Everton manager, Roberto Martinez has expressed his disappointment as his Toffees’ team was unable to put more pressure on Arsenal in the race to
finish fourth in the league and qualify for the Champions League next
season.

The Merseyside-bade club went down 2-0 to Southampton at the Saint Mary’s stadium courtesy of two own goals from rusty centre back, Antolin Alcaraz and hitherto excellent attack-minded full back, Seamus Coleman.

Speaking after the game, the 40-year old coach told reporters of his
disappointment at the manner of the defeat – saying that the two own goal had a negative effect on the team’s confidence for the remaining part of the game.

“It was a really difficult result to take. said the Toffees’ boss

“The reality is to concede two own goals so early in the game made things
nearly impossible.

“I did think that early in the second half we came out with a good
attitude and good bravery, but we needed that goal. He added

“When you want to win so much and you concede two own goals, I felt
psychologically we lost a bit of confidence and our normal arrogance of
our play.”

Everton found chances hard to come by and the few they fashioned were
wasted. However, they had two decent penalty shouts in the game and the
former Wigan and Swansea manager rued the lack of luck in refereeing
decisions which could have gone his team’s way on another day.

“We needed that goal. We had a couple of chances for Lukaku in the second
half and for me it was a penalty on Leon Osman.

“There were key moments when we needed that little bit of luck. It could
have been a different ending if we had got that goal,” he concluded.

Everton remain on 69 points with two games to go in the season and one of
them is against Manchester City, while Arsenal are ahead on 70 points with
a game in hand on Monday against Newcastle United and Arsenal are expected to seal the fourth spot due to an easier run-in of games left to the end of the season.

But Martinez isn’t giving up hope yet, despite a limp display at St Mary’s.

He told BT Sport1: “Not at all, from our point of view it doesn’t change at all. We have had eight wins in 10 games, that’s a phenomenal return and allows us to go into the next two games trying to get maximum points.

“We are working towards the biggest points tally that we can get and at the end of the season, we will see where that takes us.

“You cannot underestimate the good run that the team has been in. Today was a real setback, but we’ll learn from this. We’re still a very young group, the amount of changes we had to make made it extra difficult today, but we’ll be ready for next Saturday.”

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