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Martinez delighted by win over Newcastle

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Roberto Martinez was effusive with praise of his team as they ended a three-month stretch without a home win in the Premier League.

Everton beat Newcastle 3-0 to equal their biggest win of the season to ease some of the threat of being sucked into a battle at the bottom of the table to avoid the drop.

It was a big, big game for us, Martinez told evertonfc.com. Sometimes that can bring extra pressure in the way that you play the occasion rather than the game, but I was so pleased with the manner in which we started the game.

We started with a lot of tempo and a very positive intensity. From that point on and after we scored the first goal, I thought we managed the game really well. That is something that we haven't done in the past when we have got ourselves into winning positions.

I thought today we defended in a composed manner and Tim Howard only had one big save to make in the second half.

It was a well-deserved clean sheet, we scored three goals which could have been more and, overall, it was an incredible display to carry on where we left off on Thursday.

Watch: Roberto Martinez's post-match comments


 

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James Byrne
1 Posted 16/03/2015 at 05:06:29
A no doubt commendable win and especially after playing in the week in the Europa. I watched this game overseas on a link so it's hard to gauge the atmosphere and the overall performance.

I do have one piece of criticism and that is the possible new role of Lukaku as our penalty taker; his pen in the Europe game was a bit of luck but I thought the pen against Newcastle was terrible.

What concerned me yesterday was that Baines was on the pitch and Rom was allowed to take the pen; I just thought he lacked a bit of confidence with his dodgy left foot shot etc.

Does anyone else not agree that we need to sort this whole penalty taking thing out once and for all?

Eric Myles
2 Posted 16/03/2015 at 05:30:56
I hope Martinez noticed two things from the game:

1. When we weren't playing tippy-tappy, "possession for possession's sake" footy, we were comfortable and Newcastle didn't look likely to score at all.

2. When they were down to 10 men and we tried the tippy-tappy, "possession for possession's sake" footy, we were under pressure at the back and making mistakes which gave them a way in to the game as well as not being able to complete forward passes to feet.

Lyndon Lloyd
3 Posted 16/03/2015 at 05:32:19
I thought the pen against Newcastle was terrible.

He scored though, didn't he?

In all seriousness, Baines's most recent penalties have been a tentative (including the one at United) so I'm not really surprised.

Rom is on a hot streak, felt confident and delivered. It's true that they're not the most powerful of kicks but as long as he reads the keeper and scores, that's all that matters.

James Byrne
4 Posted 16/03/2015 at 06:19:15
Lyndon, I agree he scored and Rom might have a knack of sussing out the goalkeeper for all we know. He just doesn't look that confident.

My concern while we are in a precarious position in the league is that every goal and point matters and I just think we need our most experience penalty taker back in his normal role.

Phil Sammon
5 Posted 16/03/2015 at 06:27:26
Baines has always struck me as a player who is exceptionally good at penalties, but not not an especially confident lad.

Lukaku isn't particularly good at penalties... but he's exceptionally confident.

Strange one... but I'd go for Baines.

Terry Murphy
6 Posted 16/03/2015 at 07:03:01
Two strikers and a fit Gibson, suddenly we look more balanced going forward.
Sam Hoare
7 Posted 16/03/2015 at 07:24:17
Lukaku's last two penalties have been pretty poor and he has missed a few penalties in his time. Baines on the other hand has an exceptional penalty record. I am all for our striker gaining confidence but I think your best penalty taker should take penalties and that is Baines!
Brian Harrison
8 Posted 16/03/2015 at 07:28:18
Well, if I hadn't have seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed it! The sideways and backward passing gone and playing two up front. I don't know who or what convinced RM to ditch his philosophy and play a game that suited his players but long may it continue.

I have criticized McCarthy for not getting forward enough and not shooting enough; yesterday, he did both and look what happened. He played his best two footballing midfielders in Osman and Gibson, and both always looked to get us going forward – not sideways and backward.

Playing Kone alongside Lukaku gave Newcastle all sorts of problems and I think Lukaku had more touches in the right area in the first 15 minutes than all the previous games put together.

I have not been his biggest fan but Alcaraz was immense yesterday and him and Jagielka gave Newcastle absolutely nothing.

Nice to see Barkley come on and score will have done his confidence a power of good, that is his strongest position up alongside the striker. I was also pleased to see him chasing back and putting in a tackle – something that has been sadly missing from his game. The question now is: Will RM stick with this new attacking style or we he revert back to type when we get enough points to make us safe?

Eddie Dunn
9 Posted 16/03/2015 at 08:09:33
Spot-on Brian, my thoughts too.
Chris Williamson
10 Posted 16/03/2015 at 08:15:40
Well, we'll probably get another game like this, then Barry will be back from suspension and Roberto will revert to his philosophy, irrespective of results.

I hate being negative like this, but that's how it seems he works. I'd rather think he reflects on the style of yesterday and notes it down as a Plan B at least.

Derek Thomas
11 Posted 16/03/2015 at 08:03:42
Brian #8 The crowd's reaction at the Kiev game forced the change, all Martinez has done is not dare to change it... It works better than the Philosophy, so why would you? The credit mostly always flows up.

The crowd have kept him in a job... for now.

Paul Tran
12 Posted 16/03/2015 at 08:18:17
Some of us have been arguing for ages, 2 upfront creates more problems for defenders and creates more space and movement. Now that Gibson is fit, the midfield has a passer – more reason for better movement.

We've looked better for the last two hours. The substitutions have worked. We look lively, creating chances. balanced. Didn't hurt, did it Roberto?

So let's keep this up till the end of the season. That's the time for some mea culpa and statement of intent from Martinez and some serious decision – making from Kenwright and his 'advisors'.

Tom Martin
14 Posted 16/03/2015 at 08:36:35
Gibson was a revelation. I just hope he can keep injury free for the run in and the Europa! With him and McCarthy at the heart of the team, I think we're on to something special.
Drew Shortis
15 Posted 16/03/2015 at 08:39:25
I was very happy to see two up front. I think it took the pressure off of Romelu to lead the line and allowed them both to share the load whilst the other one made runs. Romelu's hold up play was much better today and once Kone regains his sharpness (and composure) I think he will finally be able to make a contribution. As for penalty duties, I would feel more confident with Baines taking them, but strikers thrive on confidence and allowing Rom to take the spot kicks will keep his confidence high.

Overall we played at a much better tempo, plenty of positive forward passes (great to have Gibson fit) and the odd long range pass when needed (leading to the first goal). Our play just had more urgency and bite. Lennon typified this attitude when he battled and won the penalty. Also McCarthy's surging run for the first showed the desire to win. If he can add that to his game we will have an outstanding talent on our hands.

This game does feel like a turning point. Let's hope Roberto learns from this and continues to adapt his philosophy where it counts!

Vinny Garstrokes
16 Posted 16/03/2015 at 09:04:49
Horrible to think that if Barry had been eligible, he would have been playing with Gibbo warming the bench.

I personally think that having Ossie back is a real factor and the confidence to pass forward instead of sideways is there for all to see – Jags ball to Rom was great. I can see Barry back on Thursday to hopefully secure a result that sees us go through to the next round and then lets have Gibbo back on Sunday!!

Phil Rodgers
17 Posted 16/03/2015 at 09:15:07
At first I thought that Coloccini red card was harsh but it was a horrific challenge. Good job he didn't connect.
Trevor Lynes
18 Posted 16/03/2015 at 09:04:03
The last time Newcastle looked a decent side was when they had Ba and Cisse playing together up front. I have been bleating for ages about using Kone with Lukaku especially for home games. If one stays up when we are defending a corner, it means that we have an outlet for breakaways and it ties up two defenders who need to watch him.

Osman brought all the good link up play together at pace and he has been missed. He has been a fan target in the past but this season has shown his worth due to his absence. His presence also freed Baines up and Leighton seemed much happier.

McCarthy and Barry do a similar job and neither have an influence further up field. Gibson should be played instead of Barry while he is fit and mobile.

Atsu showed great awareness when Barkley made his run and his pass was a killer one. That was the way he played in the African cup games and he was voted player of the whole tournament. When players like YaYa Toure, Ayew and Bony also played in the same tournament it showed the lad's value. I would play him instead of Mirallas for a game or two to let him really show his worth.

Mirallas is great on his day but he is a bit in and out at the moment. How about ; Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, McCarthy, Gibson, Lennon, Kone, Lukaku, Osman with a bench of Robles, Naismith, Mirallas, Atsu, Alcaraz, Besic and Barkley?

Barkley seems to do better when brought on from the bench at the moment. This is a set up I would use for home games. I would change Kone with Naismith for away games as he is becoming our Milner in midfield. Garbutt could inter change with Baines to keep him happy once we are safe!

Teddy Bertin
19 Posted 16/03/2015 at 09:38:31
My god have we missed Osman and Pienaar this season. Both lightweight but the only players we have who can actually play one-touch football and move the ball quickly in a positive manner. Osman helped glue the team together today.

I enjoyed the Gibson and McCarthy partnership today too. McCarthy was moving more freely around the pitch, breaking up play and Gibson is great when he has a second to pick out a pass. Hopefully Barry will have to up his game now rather than walk straight back into the team.

Jonathan Benn
20 Posted 16/03/2015 at 10:27:27
Well here's my two penneth:

We played better. We didn't dick around on the ball at the back. We played it forward quickly, picked up the pieces in midfield and attacked with pace down the flanks. We won.

I think a lot of this was down to who wasn't available. Alcaraz was the instigator in the long balls up from the back as he isn't as good on the ball as Stones. I also don't agree that he had a great game. He made a great block, but he was also made to look like a girl by Cisse.

We were also lucky Barry wasn't available. I was his biggest fan last season and really thought he made a difference, but this year he has been a massive liability. If we had given him a 1-year contract with an option for another, maybe we would have gotten the same again out of him this year, but a 3-year contract for a 34-year-old on mega wages is basically a retirement package and it has shown (club's fault for pandering to player, not manager, he just tells the club who he wants). Gibson looking to drive us forward and wanting the ball in the centre circle, not on the edge of our own box made a huge difference.

Simple fact, the players make or break what we do on the pitch, not the manager.

Well done blues, let's do it again on Thursday!

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 16/03/2015 at 10:41:45
Jonathan (20) if Alcaraz was made to look like a girl by Cisse, it must have been off the field; the Newcastle player you mention didn't play.
Jonathan Benn
22 Posted 16/03/2015 at 11:22:35
Sorry Dave, meant Sissoko, thanks for putting me right.
Paul Smith
23 Posted 16/03/2015 at 11:27:12
At last a different system and two up front which myself and plenty of others have been advocating for a while now. Also Gibson has got to start in front of Barry when fit as his passing is more crisper and forward thinking. McCarthy also getting forward beyond the striker another thing we've asked for and a whole lot better performance and tempo.

The only thing I will say is we couldn't have hand-picked better opponents yesterday and we will not face anybody else with as little fight in the rest of the season. Let's give credit where it's due though, and hopefully Roberto is finally realising there is more than one way to play and win football matches.

I for one am not advocating playing two up front every week but the tempo of the play should be quick whatever the system. The interesting thing now is the Barry conundrum: I could possibly see him needing to play on Thursday but not much after as he slows our play down too much.

Hopefully that was a watershed week in a positive sense and we move forward. Onwards and upwards! COYB.

David Hallwood
24 Posted 16/03/2015 at 11:37:34
I watched the highlights on MOTD, and Our Phil made some telling observations. Firstly there was a speeded up film or one of our moves; loads of passes which went to the final third and right back again. Secondly a graph of Ossie & Gibson's passes which the majority went forward.

Let's hope our Bob, who's a student of football looks at this and abandons the 2 holders in midfield in favour of McCarthy/Gibson or Barkley, because what's gone on before isn't working.

Jamie Barlow
25 Posted 16/03/2015 at 11:59:43
Dont understand why some think Baines should be back on penalty duty.
Has Rom missed a penalty for Everton?
Colin Grierson
26 Posted 16/03/2015 at 12:51:29
Totally agree Jamie.

If he misses one then we give the role back to Baines. We paid 㿈m for Rom to score goals so let's leave him to it.

Tony J Williams
27 Posted 16/03/2015 at 13:03:02
Good point Jamie.

Strange that Lukaku is getting a little bit of criticism for his pens. Recently he has taken two and scored two, albeit the first one was a little lucky.

Then again, there is no such thing as a "bad" goal.

Weird that we are thinking he is having a shit season and he has now just equalled his tally from last year with at least 10 more games to go.....bizarre

Thomas Surgenor
28 Posted 16/03/2015 at 13:18:22
Tony,

Unfortunately he has played a lot more games this year to get to that tally. And it's his league form that ''had'' dipped.

I think he only has 8 or 9 league goals this season.

Jamie Barlow
29 Posted 16/03/2015 at 13:37:38
It is strange when the last two penalties Rom has taken were better than Leightons last two.

I can never understand why a striker doesn't want to take penalties anyway.

Dave Abrahams
30 Posted 16/03/2015 at 13:54:06
Jamie like a lot of fans on here I'd prefer Baines to take the penalties, got no confidence in Lukaku when he takes them, but until he misses one let him carry on.
Victor Jones
31 Posted 16/03/2015 at 13:31:52
I just wonder how better off in the Premier League Everton might be if Martinez actually knew what his best team was. It seems to me that he only stumbles on a formation by accident. Robles got a few games (and a few clean sheets), because Howard was injured. Garbutt got a few games, and did well, but only because Baines was injured. Gibson only seems to play when Barry is not available.

Martinez chops and changes the wide men, not really knowing what or who really works. Kone played yesterday because I suspect that Naismith was rested. And Martinez has not got a clue on Barkley's best position. And maybe it is time to rest Coleman for a few games. Play young Browning instead.

Respect and credit to Martinez for yesterday's win. But just how many changes would he have made, had he not been forced to? I just wonder... And Barry will be back in midfield , when available. Is that good management? Or is that a blinkered style of management?

As for taking the penalties, I would stick with Lukaku for now. Baines has missed one this season. And also a few of Baines's scored PKs just about scraped in. Also what has happened with Baines's set-piece play? When did he last trouble the opposition with a free-kick? And what has happened with his corner kicks? Bloody awful.

Just an alternative to Lukaku and Baines taking penalties, how about Stones. Do you remember the one he took a few years ago? I think it was on the American tour. Confident or what?

Good three points yesterday... but we need a few more wins. Here's hoping that Martinez has worked out what actually happened yesterday; maybe that that win was actually down to him, and not in spite of him. Credit to him, but let's see how he approaches the next few games... 'cause the good work will be undone should we lose our next few games. We need better midfielders for next season IMO. And no need to approach any more games this season with three defensive midfielders.

Alcatraz played okay, but Stones needs to come back in when fully fit. And I noticed that Kone has been criticised. I don't hold with that. He shared the workload with Lukaku and that helped him to play. Kone will be an asset with more game time, with Naismith used later on in games.

Now looking forward to Thursday. Kiev are no world beaters. As long as Martinez does not revert to type, and has his team dicking about with senseless passing, then I fancy Everton to get a result. This game will most likely be ugly. But you cannot play the beautiful game all the time. Just boot the ball clear, boot it into Row Z. Who cares. Frustrate Kiev. With the right approach I can see us scoring.

And as for the QPR game, they are poor. So here's hoping that Martinez has done his homework. Put them on the back foot. We just might turn this season around after all. FOREVER EVERTON.

Jamie Crowley
33 Posted 16/03/2015 at 15:28:09
Brian @8 says:

The question now is: Will RM stick with this new attacking style or we he revert back to type

I believe this Thursday he will revert to type. I actually think, in part, he's correct in doing so.

On Thursday we simply must set out to be defensively solid and not concede. If that means boring sideways passing so the oppo doesn't have the ball, so be it. On the road in a difficult environment after a long journey to get there will be a difficult task.

I think we need to set up to not concede, and counter to take our chances. I'm not a huge fan of the defensive mindset, but this week against Kyiv I think it's the right thing to do to progress. We need to knick that first goal in that tie on the counter and stay solid at the back and not concede. And that means a healthy dose of the Maritinez Way and keep possession.

Derek Knox
34 Posted 16/03/2015 at 15:26:53
Victor Jones @31

You echo a lot of my thoughts exactly there mate, I must admit that prior to yesterday's most welcome and sadly long overdue win, I had been resigned to a relegation scrap. Which, hopefully will not happen with a few more performances like that.

Having said that, I can't understand why Garbutt was dropped in favour of Leighton, and has been suggested before why can't he use Baines in a more forward midfield role, and he may be able to strike a similar rapport with Garbutt as was the successful Baines / Pienaar partnership.

Hopefully a good performance on Thursday in Ukraine, in what will be a difficult game, but definitely win-able. Coupled with a decent display at QPR should certainly steady the ship and boost confidence on the run-in (Prem) and see us through to the next stage of the Europa.

COYB

Denis Richardson
35 Posted 16/03/2015 at 15:54:02
Jamie 33 - I really hope we don't go to Kiev looking to play for a 0-0. Time and time again we've shown that we're simply not capable of this and after about an hour or so of depserate defending, inevitably we tire, lose concentration and concede.

We should not go out there gung ho but we definitely should also not go out there looking to defend what we've got - despite the barcodes result I have no confidence in us keeping a clean sheet on Thursday. However, if we hit them on the break (they have to attack us after all) and get a goal, that away goal will be priceless and at least means they have to score at least 3 to knock us out in regular time - if it goes beyond that it's a lottery as it is.

I really think we will need to score on Thursday to stand a chance of going through - even against Newcastle we had to do some desperate defending and we were at home!

Darryl Ritchie
36 Posted 16/03/2015 at 16:33:13
A few observations from Sunday;

Krul was wrong footed on McCarthy's goal because everyone knows that Macca will pass and not shoot. 1 goal and counting!

Big Rom has discovered his touch. His hold-up play on the long balls forward was excellent.

Gibson instead of Barry from now on.

Ossie is creative and is a wizard with the ball at his feet, but, In a straight line he's as slow as molasses.

A real confidence builder of a win. Well done Blues.

Steven Telford
37 Posted 16/03/2015 at 16:54:55
Martinez owes one of the ball boys a fiver, because SEE it IS worthwhile taking shots.

All the same, before to get carried away, Wigan had 30 points from 30 games when they were relegated, so yes we did well - but consistency is what matters. Tip of the hat: some players really turned up last night. Most of all Lukaku. However, the School of Science is still under renovation.

Paul Tran
38 Posted 16/03/2015 at 17:40:33
You're right Victor, we need at least two better midfielders who are actually footballers next season. I'd like to see the same team on Sunday, though I can see him shoring things up on Thursday and looking to hit them on the break like we did in Wolfsburg.

So HMS Barry will be back on Thursday, methinks, together with the walking egotistical enigma that is Mirallas. If our defence is as solid as it was in Wolfsburg, we'll get chances and will get through. This season, that's a big 'if'!

Jamie Crowley
39 Posted 16/03/2015 at 18:19:37
Denis -

I agree we need to score. But I think we need to rely on the counter to do it.

I think this is the one game I won't mind at all a ton of pointless possession with a ton of sideways and backwards passes.

We need to control the pace of the game and hit them on the counter only when the opportunity presents itself.

If we counter, with blistering pace, 10% of the time and hold the ball the rest of the time we have possession with shit crap sideways passes and bore the life out of the fan watching... I'm all good with that for this game.

Craig Mills
40 Posted 16/03/2015 at 20:11:53
Phil Neville was absolutely right on the money with his comments on MOTD2, he made reference to how we passed the ball with purpose and with speed, and how sometimes it is good to go long rather than looking to keep possession.

It was a much needed result yesterday and here's hoping for the same positive results after the next 2 games!

Mike Childs
42 Posted 16/03/2015 at 21:57:42
Please give me the cardboard cutout manager for the rest of the season and if my genie will grant me one more wish please let Robles start. Thank God Jimmy Mac was on the post yesterday because laughing boy was happy with his first save and took a nap instead of getting up.
Mark Andersson
43 Posted 16/03/2015 at 23:33:48
Mike Childs, I noticed that too in the reply, surely that deserves a bollicking.

As for those people saying they donÂ’t care about doing tippy-tappy for ThursdayÂ’s game, what hypocrites. Best form of defence is attack, the game is won only if we score. Lose 1-0 and weÂ’re out and thatÂ’s what they will play for.

Harold Matthews
44 Posted 17/03/2015 at 16:10:59
Newcastle, with 35 points already in the bag and without their main striker, didn't exactly bust a gut. Kiev and QPR wil give us a better idea of how we are shaping up.

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