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Martinez Hunting Perfect Start

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Roberto Martinez wants victory against West Brom this weekend – so his first competitive match at Goodison Park becomes a memory he can savour.

The Blues boss got a first taste of life in his new home dugout earlier this month when guiding his team to a 2-1 friendly win against Real Betis.

Now the Spaniard is preparing to step out in front of a packed house for the first time, with Steve Clarke's men the first visitors of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

Martinez, however, is keen to deflect the attention on to his players.

And while he admits Saturday is a moment he's thought about since taking charge, he won't be satisfied unless everything goes to plan.

"It's definitely up there [as a special moment]," he told evertontv. "The first friendly was special but the first competitive game will be even more special. It will be an incredible moment.

"But football is about players and not managers, and once you get into the competition all that matters is performing well and winning football matches, and we won't lose focus of that.

"The support of the fans is going to be vital and I'd rather they focused their energy towards the players than myself.

"Always the first home game is a great memory for a manager but the memory will be around the result and the performance and the relationship I can see between the fans and the players.

"We are always working towards that and making sure we keep up the levels we showed against Norwich and, if anything, get better in everything that we did.

"I think the performance at Norwich was very good in many aspects. But in football you can not be fully satisfied unless you win."

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