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Response Delights Roberto

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Roberto Martinez praised his team's reaction to relinquishing their lead as they stormed to a 4-1 win over Fulham.
 
The Blues had led through Leon Osman's first-half strike before Dimitar Berbatov levelled from the spot with 24 minutes to go.
 
That moment proved to be the turning point, as Martinez's men swiftly produced three more goals to go fourth in the Premier League.
 
And after the final whistle, the Blues boss said: "It probably wasn't a 4-1 performance but we deserved the three points and to be able to react to the penalty in that manner is really pleasing.
 
"It wasn't one of our best days. I was a bit fearful before the game because we were a bit fatigued after the two away games, which were very demanding. We didn't pass the ball as sharp as usual.
 
"In the first half, we controlled the game. If you want to be critical, we could have scored a second goal to change it but we held Fulham to not having a shot on target.
 
"In the second half, you have to give great credit to Fulham. We were in a period of having something to lose and they were well organised, pressing us high up and stopping us from playing.
 
"And then once you get that draw, I've seen it so many times - the home team collapses and you lose the game.
 
"But all of a sudden, our mindset changed. We had nothing to lose and wanted to win the game. We were brave, adventurous and creative in the final third."
 
The Blues remain unbeaten at Goodison Park in 2013 and another positive for Martinez was the clinical edge his players displayed in front of goal.
 
Martinez, who disputed Fulham's penalty award,  added: "We got four goals which is pleasing because in other games we've had more chances and not been able to convert them.
 
"I always measure the side by how they react to adversity and if they keep doing the right things when things don't go your way.
 
"We conceded a goal undeservedly against Arsenal and we responded and we did that again today.
 
"It would have been all too easy to feel sorry for ourselves, panic and lose the game.
 
"We were more focused than ever. We had a real threat and on the counter attack we were a real tough side to handle. We took advantage of the opportunities."

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