Roberto Martinez acknowledged that his team looked disjointed and rusty on the back of the changes he had to make to his line-up today but was happy that Everton earned a point against Southampton.
The Saints were the superior side on the day, underscoring why it is they and not the Toffees who were sitting three points off fifth place coming into the weekend but Ramiro Funes Mori had Everton on course for what would have been a fortunate win before Sadio Mané equalised.
A poor overall performance that extended Everton's winless run in the League to six matches was greeted with more boos from the home fans at the final whistle
“When you have to make five, six changes to the starting line-up from the game on Wednesday… we looked a little disjointed, we looked a little bit rusty and needed to find our normal rhythm,” the manager said to BBC Sport afterwards.
“But we overcame that lack of quality in our play with incredible fight and determination to get a positive result.
“Obviously, the disappointment at the end is once you get in front you just feel that you can hang on to [the lead] but overall, I think it's a hard-fought point. We got really stretched today as a squad and we found a way to compete against a very good Southampton side.”
Play in the second half was held up when an angry Everton fan invaded the pitch to make his feelings known to the manager while a banner held up in the Main Stand proclaimed “Martinez Out” and Martinez was asked if he could understand the unrest.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Looking at our results at home, they haven't been anywhere near what is expected and that's what need to turn around. You're starting with a real understanding of the responsibility of being at Everton is to win games on a consistent basis.
“We've done that away from home; our away record is exactly what we wanted but at home we haven't been producing those results and I accept the unrest. What we need to do is to make them proud this week and I know that whenever we need that support, it's always there. So we need to be together this week.“
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1 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:43:10
had an e left over, so I guess that stannds for Everton!
2 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:45:07
4 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:45:44
5 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:48:18
6 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:48:29
Utter disgrace, an embarrassment for even a club like Norwich let alone Everton.
We just now await our routine execution at the hands of our neighbours on Wednesday, which no doubt Martinez will be overjoyed if we win a corner all game.
Good luck to any supporters going to the next few matches, never before have I had such little expectation for two massive matches. Supporting this Everton team really is enough to put even the most ardent fan off football.
7 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:50:18
If these players can't play for the first team when required then why did we give them new contracts, Osman, Pienaar, Hibbert, Kone, and Gibson need to be moved on in the summer. Mirallas, Deulofeu, Besic, and Oviedo all need to be told to improve their game or they will be next.
8 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:51:42
9 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:58:08
Martinez in talking bollocks non-shock!!!
By the way, the deranged meff who ran on was like a TW thread in human(ish) form.
"I demand you all witness my anger!" (then lashing out at attempts to curtail insane behaviour).
10 Posted 16/04/2016 at 19:58:23
FUCK OFF MARTINEZ, he's making me ridiculously angry. I wish the fan had cracked him one.
12 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:03:49
13 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:05:20
14 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:06:49
"But we have a really good opportunity to take advantage of where we are.
"We are competing in the (FA Cup) semi-final and we have games where we want to make fans proud.
"That is what we are going to do from now until the end of the season, make sure they are proud of our performances and results."
This was said after today's game. You couldn't make it up.His utterances are becoming worse than his management and that's saying something.
15 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:07:31
I want Martinez gone but I believe his remit, endorsed by Kenwright, is to do more or less what he is doing; keep us safe and have a cup run. I do not think for a moment that Mr Moshiri will suddenly become a hands on ruthless owner. Marinez is here, in my view,as long as Bill is.So, I hope for the best and watch and support with fingers crossed.
16 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:08:02
Anybody know why these lads were in the squad and not some of the older non-regulars and also what numbers did they wear? 103 or higher?
17 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:10:18
18 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:12:22
19 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:13:05
20 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:16:57
Making gold out of shit...
21 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:20:07
'Martinez: GracÃas y adÃos'
I wouldn't display it until the end, obviously. I will be hoping and praying we can do it. But I can't see anything other than 2 defeats again this week. The wider world, and maybe some people on our board, need to realise how bad this fool is doing. He is the master of spin, so he has kidded everyone to thinking that our away record is fantastic. Yes we have only lost 2, but we have only won 5! Watford have won 6! There are several Premiership teams with better away records than ours.
We were dreadful today. After an hour, they had had 12 attempts to our 2. They had hit the post and the bar. They battered us.
22 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:22:55
23 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:24:21
24 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:29:47
You are right saying he's safe whilst Papa Bill is still in the driving seat but I think that'll only be until the summer (fingers crossed).
25 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:36:26
26 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:39:13
As Joe said 33 and 41 which were unassigned squad numbers. Both lads did ok.
What was most worrying about today was the obvious lack of spirit in the side, we were out fought and out muscled all over the pitch.
Only Funes Mori, Stones and Coleman came out with any credit from the starting XI.
Oviedo got absolutely taken apart, as bad a performance by a full back I've seen. Besic who was touted as captain material by some had another stinker, maybe not as bad as Arsenal but not too far behind.
Deulofeu literally bottled out of every challenge, if ever there was a player to sum up the Martinez era it is him. Kone was er Kone.
Gibson despite some nice touches faded and actually had cramp after 80 minutes. I mean a fucking professional footballer earning c.£2m a year not fit enough to play 90 minutes. Only under this regime.
I still think we could win next week, we have the players and maybe the big stage will be motivation enough to see another Chelsea performance.
It still won't hide the fact there is something rotten about this current set up.
27 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:41:47
This year however we have continued the decline and performances apart from the odd one-off that we seem to reserve for the cup have been poor. The only exception was the first 70 mins against West Ham that we still managed to throw away at the end. Again I hold Martinez personally responsible for that capitulation.
The key for me continues to be the lack of urgency and tempo that appears to permeate through the whole team. Fitness also seems to be a problem which is an absolute disgrace for professional sportsmen.
We have not played flowing attacking football for some time now and we don't appear to be anywhere near getting that formula back for whatever reason.
Teams that are doing well in this league always work hard and have a high tempo. Leicester and Liverpool more recently have demonstrated that as did City tonight. Too many of our players go through the motions with no fear of reprisal in terms of getting dropped.
I love the blues and don't believe in sacking managers for the sake of it, but really fear for us next year if Bobby remains in charge. Thanks for the positives Bobby but the last two years have made me grey and I have to say I don't enjoy going the game any more.
The last thing I need after is your comments that bear no resemblance to what has actually happened on the pitch. Say it as it is...please.
....and don't get me started on Niasse!
28 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:42:27
Talk about a rebuilding job! It's going to take the next manager more than a summer to change the style and mentality.
Leave it till November when we are in the bottom five. It may be to late!!
30 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:45:01
I wished he'd have sparked the prick out before we had to endure his usual post match bullshit routine.
I've not renewing until after next week unfolds. If he's still in charge - I'm thinking of not renewing my membership for next season. I can't take anymore.
I utterly despise him now.
31 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:48:38
32 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:53:30
To me it sounded like much of the ground did the same which is why I was surprised to read that report on Sky Sports.
33 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:55:43
Let's see what your really made of then, I'll be amazed if we win either game.
34 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:56:36
Agreed from where I was sat in the Park End a few clapped him but he got more boos than anything. At the end of the day whether you agree with his sentiments or not he's still a prize knob head.
And one who's probably not going to see too many games for a while.
35 Posted 16/04/2016 at 20:57:31
36 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:01:38
"A real understanding of the responsibility to win games at Everton and I think we have done that away from home" hmm could have sworn we have only won one more away than at home.....reading that you would expect our away record to be exemplary, not just one more win than a new low win ratio at home.
"We found a way to compete against Southampton" blimey missed that bit. Why didnt someone tell me we competed. Darn it, bet I missed that bit when I fell asleep only to be rudely awoken when that bloody Goodison exercise shite bing bong woke me and everyone around me. However we certainly did compete, well I may add, for the total dick award (pitch invader) and also man masquerading as a footballer award for sheer cheek by trying something so blatantly beyind his capabilities (Kones ridiculous overhead kick attempt) to be fair that made the 1st half actually bearable.
"We looked a little disjointed and rusty" there are old Raleigh choppers lying in aged skips with less rust in it than our side today.
Even at this stage of the season players are unfit and incapable of performing at the highest level. Coleman should never be pulling a hamstring 50 minutes in if hes fit. That's a sign of not warming up or tired tissue due to being unfit. Alas Oviedo given the runaround all game. Ross when he came looked more like a chunky rugby union back row forward than a young lithe athletic midfielder. A 60 a day smoker has more puff in his lungs than Del boy and a blind man has more chance of finding a pass than Kone. To be honest I am struggling to find any positive....anybody want to help me out feel free. Maybe Funes Mori actually having a shot and his sliding tackle saving a point being the only ones.
So yes I would like to jump inside Martinezs head for an hour just to see what he sees cos its sure as fuck isn't anything like what I witness at the game. Each and every performance is getting more woeful with every game. There is no point keeping him till after the cup game. Damage may already be done. We have had some shit teams in the past but by god at least most of those teams showed a little bit more effort than that shambles today. If I was a Southampton fan I would be feeling well and truely mugged off only coming away with a point.
Ha ha ha ha ha and we have the RS....away....next......cant wait to hear the superlatives that comes out if his stupid fucking idiotic mouth when we get fucked over at the khazi again. We will be in a moment that will reap rich rewards in the new season of 2020 and this terribly unlucky 5 0 close game in which we competed well in our own 18 yard area of which we had overall possesion stats in which the goalie kicked incredibly from the dead ball and the defenders were phenomenal in picking the ball out of the net, we will learn to bend our backs when picking up said ball and will come back stronger to make sure that we remove the doormat from our chests next time we play at this quite astounding ground. COCKWOMBLE!!
37 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:04:26
I wish I could withhold my support until Martinez has gone without affecting the team, jeopardising my seat and costing me money!
38 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:05:45
39 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:08:46
40 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:09:16
41 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:11:38
But what happens in the meantime? How does he motivate the team?
Clearly the motivation is lost, yet I'm reminded of Howard's "window speech" in Oxford.
That also annoys me about the players why aren't they doing it for us? As this team, the best we have potentially had in years, is likely to be split up after this campaign, why doesn't one of them just say "Bollox-screw Martinez, we are good enough so lets do it our way"
42 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:12:07
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Makes as much sense as Bobby.
43 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:16:15
44 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:18:44
46 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:20:17
47 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:29:22
48 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:29:59
49 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:34:24
50 Posted 16/04/2016 at 21:44:12
51 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:00:01
I expected a protest against RM but that was a bit much. There was a guy behind me who held up a Martinez out sheet of A4 after the game. A few people started clapping him. I thought a plane may have been hired today.
I am resigned now to the fact that Martinez is here to the end of the season.
52 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:05:26
Fans are deserting us in droves, the players seem to have lost interest, and no one believes a word he says any longer (when they can understand him). Please save our club, get rid of this clown before it's too late.
53 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:13:46
54 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:15:41
I'm nearly 43 and 2-3 months of intense running and training and even I would make the team. Something now right with that deal if you ask me.
Is he another cousin of George Weah by any chance? Ha ha...
55 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:22:24
I have been feckin saturated with "Change.org" feckin emails since last week wish I had never signed the feckin thing more annoying than Martinez interviews!
56 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:25:59
You can see it in all their body language they are not trying. Even all that ridiculous passing and keeping the ball was absent in the last 2-3 games and that has come from the players.
57 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:31:27
Apart from listening to fans etc this clown has zapped any interest in results away from me. As for next week we are making up the numbers and I hope it's one step closer to seeing Billy's number 1 shown the door..
58 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:41:06
59 Posted 16/04/2016 at 22:56:16
Fuck me, what a brave warrior. Was it in comic sans font sized 16? He'll be gone after that.
60 Posted 16/04/2016 at 23:17:44
Love it, Martinez's summary of the game about as relevant as Stevie Wonder's
61 Posted 16/04/2016 at 23:20:50
62 Posted 16/04/2016 at 23:22:36
I'm going to throw a name in the hat that I haven't seen mentioned once anywhere who I think would be a perfect fit for our club. Top bloke, very good manager, good people person, NOT a bullshit artist, British, players who have played for him love him, not cringe worthy in press interviews, respect from his peers and plays the game the way we would want...
Mr Moshiri please bring Sean Dyche aboard! [Dons tin hat.]
63 Posted 16/04/2016 at 23:54:51
64 Posted 16/04/2016 at 23:59:26
65 Posted 17/04/2016 at 00:01:35
If that's not enough to see him be removed from his post, then he will be here for the full term of his contract.
66 Posted 17/04/2016 at 00:35:24
However, he is a loyal person and will stick with Burnley, despite his back stabbing experience at Watford!!!
67 Posted 17/04/2016 at 02:25:46
He keeps hanging his hat on our "superb" away record yet it's only one win more than our worst ever home record!!! Hardly the stuff of open top bus tours!!!
You have to admire his positive outlook on life but there comes a time when enough is enough. His utterings to the media are now beyond a joke matched only by some of his team selections. I hate to say it but our "friends" from across the park wouldn't put up with it so why should we??
Look how they got rid of Hodgson when it clearly wasn't working. And it didn't take them 2 seasons of utter mediocrity either. Same with Rodgers.
The pundits don't help us. They talk about the great style of football we play. This just shows that they haven't actually seen us play because if they had they would know that there is absolutely nothing great about watching endless passing going nowhere before another defensive lapse results in a goal for the opposition.
He might be a really nice guy but that's no reason to keep his job. I for one was dead against him getting the job in the first place as it just showed a complete lack of ambition by the club after Moyes (like him or loathe him) had steadied the ship and had us a regular top 6/7 finish. We should have pushed on and gone for the next level not some bullshit talk of "I'll get you champions league" when his record said he'd be doing well to get you a top 15 place!!!!
As for a replacement I just hope the club have learned a lesson and show the type of ambition that befits a club with Everton's stature and history. And sorry Kevin that isn't Sean Dyche. Surely we are bigger than that?? My choice was at goodison this afternoon and hopefully caught the eye of those in the position to do something about it. Ronald Koeman is exactly what we need.
69 Posted 17/04/2016 at 02:55:04
However, after today and his usual post match drivel, I've signed it!
He's doing my head in... Just go will yer!!!!
70 Posted 17/04/2016 at 03:01:55
71 Posted 17/04/2016 at 05:40:38
Thats what he said word for word.
When we lose the derby and the semi he will still be saying we will try to make the supportes proud of us in the last 2 games.
72 Posted 17/04/2016 at 06:22:24
Blackburn wasnt a one off mate. It was a prolonged concerted, disgraceful, hate campaign. Those fans became a laughing stock... especially when they went down anyway, just as the Geordie's did when they thought it was a good idea to make complete twats of themselves. I don't recall ever seeing a protest against any manager which didnt have the rest of football sniggering.
The very nature of TW kinda guarantees a pretty accurate picture whenever a poll is conducted. The suggestion that our board is not aware of it, is frankly, for the birds. They know alright. They hear the boos at the match. They hear the silence even more clearly.
I cant believe I'm saying this, but I agree 100% with EVERYTHING you said.
You check the weather forecast in Hell and I'll check the tower to see if the ravens are fucking off
73 Posted 17/04/2016 at 07:47:17
76 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:44:50
77 Posted 17/04/2016 at 10:57:35
78 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:28:14
There is a complete lack of respect for the fans by both men.
79 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:33:09
I'm also with you that organised protests are counter productive especially whilst there is still stuff to play for.
Polls, petitions and banners will be ignored whilst we remain in the Cup. It's not Kenwright's style. If we do somehow win the Cup he will also be here at the start of next season.
However two defeats this week and it will probably be a different story but I still would not bet money on it. Kenwright definitely has a stubborn streak.
80 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:38:54
Anyone able to decipher this load of bollocks?
81 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:44:33
That may sound rediculous but what have we got to lose if it happens?
I would rather see Unsy and Dunc in charge and at least go down kicking and screaming like a petulant child than roll over like an obedient dog.
Someone clearly needs to fire this team up and give them some self belief as well as a backbone, that is not happening under this manager and we seem to play in a malaise with no purpose or fight.
82 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:46:14
It means we will not get relegated.
83 Posted 17/04/2016 at 12:01:07
Not looking forward to Wednesday.
Let's hope Moshiri doesn't have too much more patience.
84 Posted 17/04/2016 at 14:18:31
85 Posted 17/04/2016 at 14:25:24
If that was the case, what's stopping the poor overpaid cherubs doing it now?
They play for us and the shirt, as well as the manager, don't they?
87 Posted 17/04/2016 at 17:49:42
Now, I will hold my hands up to posting some pretty moronic rants on here and I want Martinez gone, without a doubt. However, my wife, long suffering and at the end of her tether, suggested that perhaps Martinez ("or whatever his name is", as she calls him) might know more than me. But surely he can't know more than all of us, can he?
89 Posted 17/04/2016 at 19:12:58
It's this kind of lethargy that has been our downfall, the chairman, manager and now the players happy to turn out, put no energy into anything they do and go home to their mansions in their Jaguars and Mercedes.
90 Posted 17/04/2016 at 19:22:25
92 Posted 17/04/2016 at 19:36:25
Why would a chairman divulge the Everton managerial position to a random fan? I take it with a pinch of salt.
94 Posted 17/04/2016 at 19:42:42
95 Posted 17/04/2016 at 19:50:31
However I'm sure most employees of the club are sworn to secrecy not to divulge any information. Just as if Kenwright or Moshiri are going to tell a complete stranger about Martinez. Get a grip, will you!!
96 Posted 17/04/2016 at 20:36:03
97 Posted 17/04/2016 at 22:35:23
98 Posted 17/04/2016 at 23:14:57
99 Posted 17/04/2016 at 23:19:00
100 Posted 18/04/2016 at 00:12:03
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