Roberto Martinez says Everton deserved their Capital One Cup victory over Stevenage – but felt his team should have been well out of sight before Marouane Fellaini’s extra-time winner.
The Belgian came off the bench to secure a 2-1 win after debutant Gerard Deulofeu had earlier cancelled out Luke Freeman’s surprise opener for the visitors.
Chance after chance went begging for the Blues throughout the 120 minutes and Martinez believes that more composure in front of goal would have resulted in a safer passage through to the third round.
“I thought it was a typical cup tie,” said Martinez. “Stevenage were really good and you could see that they were a well-organised team.
“I thought we managed the game really well but their goal was a little bit of a mistake. There was a misunderstanding and the ball was in the back of the net.
“From that point on, I thought we were really good in two thirds [of the pitch]. In the final third we were at times naïve and couldn’t show enough sharpness.
“We created enough chances and it’s important in these games that you take them, but I was happy with the way we kept a good tempo.
“When Marouane Fellaini got on to the pitch he gave us the final push that we needed.
“I felt that we deserved to get through but the headlines should be about how well Stevenage played.”
The home fans left Goodison Park impressed with their first glimpse of starlet Deulofeu.
Martinez too was encouraged with what he saw from the Spaniard in his first outing in a Blue shirt.
“I think you saw today what he is – an incredible talent,” added the Blues boss. “When he got on the ball, the crowd were off their feet. He gets you excited.
“He is still a young man who is getting used to the physicality of the English game but I thought the crowd was magnificent with him from the start to the end.
“If we continue to do that we are going to give him the perfect environment to develop and grow.”
Martinez also revealed that Victor Anichebe missed the game after picking up a minor injury.
He said: “Victor has got a little bit of soreness in his ankle. We have got it checked and he had to recover for 48 hours.
“He was touch and go before the game. He would have been involved today.”