The Blues were heading out of the FA Cup on the back of what would have been a fifth successive defeat in all competitions until their late pressure told. Persistence from substitute Aiden McGeady led to Bryan Oviedo firing in a low cross that Romelu Lukaku finished in expert fashion to force a replay at Upton Park next week.
Martinez is hoping that the Belgian's crucial strike can help kickstart his team's flagging season during which they have massively under-performed based on his first year in charge.
"I am pleased with the character and our never-give-up attitude. It could easily be a turning point in our season," Martinez after the thrilling finale.
"That could really get us out of the moment we have. When you get into that wrong dynamic when everything that can goes wrong and you can feel sorry for yourself, I don't think the players accepted that.
"It felt like a win going into the dressing room. Many people would say you don't want an extra game. We embrace it. To still be involved in the FA Cup is a real positive. It is a bit of a snowball reaction when you get good results, you get confidence and get better."
Martinez reserved special praise for Lukaku whose hunger was evident all evening in what many fans felt was his best performance of the season, certainly since the home win over Lille in the Europa League.
The 21 year-old striker had what appeared from television replays to be a perfectly valid goal disallowed by referee Anthony Taylor but eventually got his reward almost two minutes into stoppage time.
"His attitude was perfect," Martinez effused. "Romelu at his best will change games. We carry a different threat with him.
"I was really pleased with his attitude showing real responsibility and maturity. In a period like ours you have two options, you can shy away and hide or you can take responsibility. Five defeats would have been very damaging but you always get an opportunity to win the next game."
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2 Posted 07/01/2015 at 22:53:20
The main problem is our glaring lack of width. On at least four occasions last night we had Besic, Barkley, Naismith and then EtoÂo playing pitta patta in a 3m space going nowhere with not even the hint of a "give and go". There was no way of pulling defenders out of position because we had no width and all these players want to be in the same position.
For all his failings McGeady has to be played on one side with Mirallas on the other. If either of these two are not performing replace them with Kone who has both the speed and know how to play in an wider attacking position. Only one of Barkley, Naismith or Eto should play behind Lakaku with the others being on the bench to make a like for like substitution.
Besic and McCarthy should be the holding midfield players with Barry used to cover injuries to these two, or again as a like for like sub. With Distins injury the back four will pick itself assuming Baines is fit.
With a little more of the effort and fight we saw last night we may at least give City a game next week.
3 Posted 08/01/2015 at 00:13:22
5 Posted 08/01/2015 at 07:29:35
6 Posted 08/01/2015 at 08:46:24
But will Roberto agree? I suspect not. Expect the usual muddle against City on Saturday.
7 Posted 08/01/2015 at 09:44:54
8 Posted 08/01/2015 at 10:07:47
10 Posted 08/01/2015 at 11:00:23
For me, it's understanding "his mentality and ego". The lad has come out and said he realised he needed to do something after being dropped for 2 games??? 㿼k a week and he says this.
We are dealing with an overindulged brat here who has had 1 good game and taken a pot shot at his manager by trying to blame style of play. Absolute nonsense Â– it's him and his application, nothing else.
11 Posted 08/01/2015 at 12:59:40
12 Posted 08/01/2015 at 13:07:27
You pay your money and take your choice.
Overindulged brat is a bit unnecessary though, because they all are. A bit of ego and arrogance within reason is something very positive in a footballer in my opinion.
13 Posted 08/01/2015 at 15:49:14
He isn't perfect but he's about the best that we are likely to see for a while and most of us were chuffed when he did sign. Get behind the lad & pray that Roberto has seen the error of his ways
14 Posted 08/01/2015 at 18:34:32
16 Posted 08/01/2015 at 22:52:39
He showed against West Ham that he is doing that. Like Barkley, whenever he moves, he is now taking 2 or 3 defenders with him. Could just be that the two of them will link up against Man City and set the headlines screaming.
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