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Boss takes great satisfaction from win at Palace

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Roberto Martinez expressed his satisfaction with Everton's first win in seven Premier League games as they successfully defended an early lead delivered by Romelu Lukaku to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Roared on by another sold out away allocation, the Blues had to withstand a brief barrage in response from Palace who had come from behind in three of their four consecutive victories prior to today, but the back line held firm thanks to a committed defensive display.

Having seen his team win just once in 13 matches prior to today, the manager was lifted by both the result and the performance and he spoke in typically glowing terms of his players' performance after the game.

"It was more than relief, it was real satisfaction," Martinez said.

"Our last two performances in the League had been very good but we didn't get the three points. Today we felt that we had to be perfect to do that. We were against a team full of confidence who were scoring goals at ease.

"Our performance was very professional with a strong intent from the beginning to win the game. We scored the goal early and the hardest thing in football is to hold on to that lead for so long in a place like this.

"We were tested and had to defend our box well. We carried a good threat and maybe we should have scored a second goal, but overall we defended with a lot of concentration and that made for a very pleasing performance."

With more daylight between themselves and the bottom three, Everton can now start looking at closing the gap above them to the top half of the table, starting with the visit of Liverpool next weekend. The confidence gleaned from a hard-earned away win will stand the Blues in good stead for the clash against the local rivals and Martinez feels his team has rediscovered its mental toughness.

"We were the first ones to not be enjoying winning consistently," he continued. "We know what we can do and we know of the expectations that we have been able to raise. [Not winning] made it difficult to approach the next game, and we got punished at times.

"We now look refreshed and mentally strong. We've got incredible support. You could see today, when we most needed the fans, they are always behind us with a full away allocation. That's a sign for us to be proud."


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Mike Childs
1 Posted 31/01/2015 at 20:21:33
Sounds like he's been reading TW.
Timothy Blanshard
2 Posted 31/01/2015 at 20:20:12
Very happy we won considering hardly any of us expected it. I really hope we can build on this now.

What's happened to Pienaar?

Howard Parr
4 Posted 31/01/2015 at 20:49:10
Happy days! Great to see words like pressing, committed and dogged to describe us.

Is that not 5 unbeaten (in 90 mins)? Without playing anywhere near what we showed last year.

Loads still to do before we're safe – but maybe that corner we need to turn is in sight?

Glad there's some very poor sides below us like, but maybe the Qatar jolly was a good idea.

Tony Byrne
5 Posted 31/01/2015 at 21:17:08
It wasn't pretty today but it was a dogged performance, it shows that this team can actually dig in when required. Well done lads.

I am still not convinced that RM is the right man for us being honest but let's be pleased that we got the 3 points today... god, we needed them!

I see Sturridge scored for the RS today, I feel sick at the thought of seeing him perform that pathetic goal celebration next week at Goodison Park. Please no! I would take a draw now, them bastards are playing well at the minute.

Laurie Hartley
6 Posted 31/01/2015 at 21:39:46
Great result! Actually all the results went our way so far this weekend.

Let's hope it give the team the boost in confidence they for next week.

Craig James
7 Posted 31/01/2015 at 22:42:40
3pts is 3pts regardless of how we played.

We need to win ugly more often, that way more people on here would be happy :-)

3pts from the next 3 games is the next target.


Jay Harris
8 Posted 31/01/2015 at 23:01:56
Craig I am assuming you mean 3 points a game as one of those games is Leicester at home.
Andy Meighan
9 Posted 31/01/2015 at 23:05:40

They're not playing well, just grinding out results. They've played nothing apart from Chelsea... and couldn't beat them. The game next week is anyone's – ask the bookies. You wont get much change out of them...

Guy Hastings
10 Posted 31/01/2015 at 23:16:27
Competent, no more than that. Daren't imagine how it would have panned out if we'd gone behind after two minutes rather than Palace.

How Barry wasn't yellow carded is beyond me. Besic was the pick of the day for me and the back line was pretty steady.

Did anyone see Barkley even get a run along the touchline to warm up?

Finally a word of praise for Pete the Eagle (and Mrs Pete, I presume) for looking after the Everton mascot and giving him his moment in front of the Everton fans. Great touch.

James Flynn
11 Posted 31/01/2015 at 23:29:14
Not worried about relegation anymore. The teams below are too weak.

"We were tested and had to defend our box well. We carried a good threat and maybe we should have scored a second goal, but overall we defended with a lot of concentration and that made for a very pleasing performance."

Pleased by our defending, are you Roberto? Good sign. Just keep the lads grinding and let's see how good the RS is.

Tony Draper
12 Posted 01/02/2015 at 00:02:57
Wasn't classy or impressive, but it was precisely what Dr Reality (Czech) had ordered for the ailing patient. "Three points, to be taken frequently."

Had we been playing pretty but unrewarding football then, frankly, our approach should have been no different today. Win pretty, win plainly, win pretty ugly, win ugly........but just fuckin WIN!

We have NOT been playing pretty but unrewarding football recently, so we didn't have to ditch beauty for the beast.....we smashed and grabbed 3 pts and were no uglier than we have been for weeks upon end, we were however far more gritty. No sacrifice, just gain.

Once again best player throughout, Mo Besic.

My most sincere piece of advice to RM regarding post-match comments or FF conferences is this.......... STFU!

Peter Gorman
13 Posted 01/02/2015 at 00:22:17
No satisfaction from me Roberto, just relief.

Palace could have battered us if it wasn't for the excellent Stones. Coleman and Besic grew into the game too but we seriously were fortunate to get all the points today.

Up front, and God knows I love them both, Lukaku and Naismith look shadows of their better selves. Naismith will still run around a bit but where is the player who terrorised Arsenal last season? Lukaku doesn't even look like a footballer, such is his ineptitude at all the basics, let alone the specifics of his role.

Put this into perspective before anyone accuses me of moaning for the sake of it: we were second best to a club that earns far less than us in revenue and a team that cost far less than ours to assemble. Good luck if you are satisfied with that. Can't wait for Roberto to be sacked.

Jason Heng
14 Posted 01/02/2015 at 02:06:46
3 points but awful performance. What was our level of possession, 40%?
Mark Andersson
16 Posted 01/02/2015 at 07:34:26
Have to agree with Peter 13. if we where to put Lukaku up for sale now based on this season, you would be lucky to get ٣ million. IÂ’ve played with better pub teams, this kid canÂ’t control a ball, always looks fooked, and praying to god he ainÂ’t no use as he supports the red shite. Work much harder on your game, young man – you have a long way to go.
Charles Brewer
17 Posted 01/02/2015 at 08:02:05
Jason, when we have had high posession figures, we lose, everyone now knows how to play against that style.

I am looking forward to 20% posession and a 3-0 win next week.

Anthony Flack
18 Posted 01/02/2015 at 08:10:39
Jason, please don't become a slave to the stats...

First post made me laugh.

I think we are better equipped to deal with teams who press us, hence the lower possession. If teams approach us like West Brom did, we could play all week and not score.

I just hope I can still smile in 8 days.

Colin Grierson
19 Posted 01/02/2015 at 09:03:02
We dug in and did what many on here, including myself, have been asking for and that is show grit and determination. We didn't look confident again but we looked dangerous on the counter and should have had a couple more goals. It's not an easy place to go and get a result so I'm more than happy with 3 points. Add to that the fact that Pardew is in charge and it makes it an even sweeter victory!
Craig James
20 Posted 01/02/2015 at 09:15:15
Jay (8),

Meant minimum of 3pts from the next 3 games which, considering who we are playing and how we are playing, is a realistic target me thinks.

Phil Walling
21 Posted 01/02/2015 at 09:18:32
Martinez is right to be glad about yesterday's result – it probably kept him in a job!

I suspect he's had a 'talking to' by Bill whose interest in avoiding relegation goes well beyond the indignity we as supporters would suffer over it.

38 points should do it this year, given the dogfight at the bottom, although mere survival may not be enough if it indicates huge sums have to be spent close season.

'Never bullshit a bullshitter' and the king of that genre can see one a mile off – just a pity that he lowered his scatological instincts when he appointed the Catalan.

Wayne Smyth
22 Posted 01/02/2015 at 09:28:49
After a shit run of form and the spine of our team made up of rookies, people should be satisfied we yet again conceded no goals and for the first time in ages managed a win.

The good performances will come with confidence. Confidence will come as we continue to be difficult to play against and pick up points.

Crystal Palace have been on a very good run themselves of late and away games against any team in this league is not easy.

As for next week, form goes out the window and it will be largely determined by who wants it more... and whether the ref is a closet RS.

Colin Glassar
23 Posted 01/02/2015 at 09:52:27
Just watched the extended highlights and that was a very disciplined away performance. Not pretty, not exciting but effective and just what we needed.

What's that now? Five games unbeaten? Just win our home games, and a few on the road, and we will be fine.

David Ellis
24 Posted 01/02/2015 at 10:10:58
Not pretty. We played more long balls and played the ball in front of Lukaku – not that he did much with them – constantly losing possession. However, we did seem to keep our nerve after the first 5-10 minutes barrage, and probably should have scored more from our chances on the break.

Individual bright spots were Robles, Besic and Stones. Hopefully confidence will begin to return. I thought Mirallas had a shocker, not sure who he thinks will employ him next season if he wants to move on. What is it with Belgians and their egos???

Bob Heyward
25 Posted 01/02/2015 at 11:30:19
Once again, Colin oversimplifies. One backs-to-the-wall win, where we made Palace look like Barca, and it's all bunting and grasping at straws!

Men of the Match? Stones and Jags. First corner? 86th minute. Sound to you like a team prep'd to play Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea? No, blatantly not.

Unfortunately, El BS Merchant wins a bit more time to spin his BS, time we cannot afford. Our average points-per-game indicates relegation in the last eight seasons. But hey, Positive Peter says we'll be okay, because we'll start 'winning our home games and win a few away'.

Well, NEWSFLASH – we haven't been doing that all season! What makes you think we will start doing so, given the inexorably increasing pressure as relegation threatens (and if you think we're not going to be under threat, try thinking about where we'll be in the table on game 28)?

Honestly. We win 1-0 at an under-strength Palace and some think we're Champions League contenders again. I could weep, I really could.

Kevin Jones
27 Posted 01/02/2015 at 13:35:01
Just a thought about yesterday. Eto'o goes and we get our first win for a while. Maybe just a coincidence, maybe a bit more unity in the squad, who knows.
Colin Glassar
28 Posted 01/02/2015 at 13:46:08
Kevin, read the Lee Carsley article. He mentions Eto'o and reading between the lines...... He obviously still has lots of contacts within the club so I guess he knows what went on with Samuel.
Jamie Crowley
29 Posted 01/02/2015 at 14:22:06
Relieved we got the three points and for us to actually hold a lead for 92 minutes is praise-worthy to be sure.

I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach though. I feel it's almost as sure a thing as death and taxes that come the derby Besic will be sat down in favor of a Barry - McCarthy partnership. I just feel we are a better side with Mo on the pitch. I fear I will feel a lot of anger and frustration with Roberto's reverting to type and not having the gumption / intelligence to keep Besic on the pitch.

It's gonna happen and it's really gonna piss me off.

Jamie Crowley
30 Posted 01/02/2015 at 14:40:32
I should say, with McCarthy passed fit, I believe he was sat against Palace with an eye on the derby...
Colin Glassar
31 Posted 01/02/2015 at 14:59:09
Don't think so Jamie. I think Besic and Barry will start. Macca might come on in the final third of the game, if he's fit.
Paul Hewitt
32 Posted 01/02/2015 at 14:57:37
Correct me if I am wrong but haven't Palace won their previous 4 games? This was never going to be easy like some people have said.

A very solid performance and 3 points was what was needed and that's what we got so come on let's look forward to beating the Redshite next weekend.

Colin Glassar
33 Posted 01/02/2015 at 15:04:14
And, Palace had beaten us the last three games Paul (home and away). They were quickly becoming our bogey team.
Ray Roche
34 Posted 01/02/2015 at 15:08:50
Colin, where is the Lee Carsley article you mention?
Colin Glassar
35 Posted 01/02/2015 at 15:13:08
Liverpool Echo online, Ray.
Colin Glassar
36 Posted 01/02/2015 at 15:21:04
Another positive from yesterday was seeing captain Jags acting like a captain, ie, shouting at his fellow defenders and MF players. Keep it up Jags.
Ray Roche
37 Posted 01/02/2015 at 15:26:47
Thanks, Col.
Jay Harris
38 Posted 01/02/2015 at 15:11:16
Although Palace are considered our "bogey" team, I think Selhurst Park has been a decent hunting ground for us. I do believe we haven't been beaten too many times there.

While I share in the euphoria of a rare win, I thought we were still a shadow of the team we can be.

Lukaku can't trap a ball, can't head a ball, and can't pass a ball. 㿈 million deary me. Naismith works his tripe off but is about as technically able as a Tranmere player. Mirallas doesn't look interested and McGeady... well, he is just McGeady.

Rant over.

I thought Jags and Stones were magnificent, Besic and Barry played really well and Robles after a shaky start did a lot better than Howard at catching corners and crosses.

There was nothing to convince me we have turned the corner but I am grateful for the 3 points to take the pressure off.

Steven Telford
40 Posted 01/02/2015 at 16:12:35
Says a lot about our situation that a win against Palace generates so much excitement.
Paul Hewitt
41 Posted 01/02/2015 at 16:21:06
Not excitement, Steven, just relief.
Tony Byrne
42 Posted 01/02/2015 at 16:16:19

I do get your point sir but they have been a lot more consistent than us of late in the league, I also take into account the dodgy decisions that usually go against us when playing them bastards.

I should have more faith I know!

Andy Walker
43 Posted 01/02/2015 at 17:05:03
A very welcome 3 points, well done boys for a good defensive performance. Let's hope we can get to the 40 point mark with a few games to spare.

The reality of having a manager out of his depth hasn't changed, though; yesterday we played against a team which in years gone by we would have expected to out-play and win; how times have changed. Thanks Roberto...

KITAP1 should now be Relegation Roberto's 'philosophy' so he can keep us up and then bugger off. If he doesn't go, does anyone really think we will be top 6, let alone top 4, next season?

Doug Harris
44 Posted 01/02/2015 at 20:24:04
What are you bothered about even mentioning next season? Last season has gone, next season beckons, reality is this season has been a disaster and thankfully for us the clubs below will be our only blessing....

We won't go down but by the skin of our teeth we, I'd say, will survive. Time now for the players to do what they are paid for and give some of us a bit of pleasure in watching them..

Bob Parrington
46 Posted 02/02/2015 at 08:39:05
Surely, we need to be honest and not just politically correct. There were time when we looked like a 3rd grade side. This was particularly so shortly after we had scored and we rode our luck. But we did work hard to achieve the win once we'd settled down.

Besic played a sound game again, which is good. Rom looks lost in spite of his goal. Kone seemed to achieve more in just a few minutes than Rom died but "hats off to the goal". I feel we need JM back.

I hope the RS don't have Sturridge back for next weekend! But perhaps we'll have a real go at them because, after all, it is "the Derby".

Martyn Thickitt
47 Posted 02/02/2015 at 19:16:36
I am brand new to this site but not to woes of supporting the Blues, as I agree with everything that has been said/written on TW what people forget is that to support Everton is to be disappointed. I was supporting the Blues in the Seventies when we nearly won this and nearly won that; we won – as you all – know fuck all. This cost Gordon Lee his job and in came Howard Kendall who didn’t pull up any trees until his 3rd season when we won the FA Cup and the rest, as they say, is history.

Last season was an exceptional season but clearly not the norm, Roberto has had a few problems with injuries and suspensions, the squad albeit strong when all fit is still threadbare and weak when we have injuries and such like. I said at the start of the season we would finish mid table but we would win the Europa League. Now if this prediction comes true and the supporters had been offered this at the start of the season I thinks hands would have been snatched off, so letÂ’s give this man until we are out of the Europa then start slating him.

LetÂ’s not forget Moyes brought on a defender when we playing Spurs at home and drawing, at least Roberto will try to win every game because he thinks we can outscore the opposition. We won ugly this must continue until more players come back from injury. Blue until I die.


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