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What The Papers Say - 5 November

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Roberto Martinez discusses his early impressions of the Goodison Park atmosphere in today's Liverpool Echo - and tells the paper he feels there is 'something special' in the dressing room of the Grand Old Lady.
 
The Blues have taken 34 points from a possible 42 since their last home defeat in the league - a 2-1 reverse against Chelsea in December last year.
 
And Martinez says the combination of team spirit and a raucous home support are the key factors behind Goodison becoming one of the league's most impenetrable fortresses.
 
Meanwhile, in the same paper, Sylvain Distin says the frustration felt by Everton's players and fans at only taking a point against high-flying Tottenham shows just how far the team has come.
 
The Frenchman insists he saw the game as two points dropped but conceded the result was probably a fair one after both sides enjoyed large spells of dominance.
 
The main focus in today's national newspapers is the head injury sustained by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in a collision with Romelu Lukaku.
 
The PFA have backed FIFA and brain injury charity Headway's criticism of Spurs for allowing the Frenchman to continue after being temporarily knocked out at Goodison Park.
 
The Daily Mirror and Daily Express are just two of the papers to carry the story and also mention how Lukaku himself was left unconscious after a clash of heads with West Ham's Joey O'Brien in September.
 
Meanwhile, the Mail report that the FA have decided they will not charge Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado after his apparent elbow in the midriff of Blues skipper Phil Jagielka.
 
In the Express, Steven Pienaar talks about his return to fitness and says his left-wing partnership with Leighton Baines is ready to fire once again. 

And, finally, in the Mirror, writer David Anderson says Seamus Coleman was right to get back on his feet after being felled in the box by Jan Vertonghen on Sunday and claims Martinez should be proud to have a player of such integrity.

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