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Roberto Martinez hailed Everton’s victory over Queens Park Rangers as the complete performance.

The Blues cantered into the next round of the FA Cup as they scored four at home for the third time this season.

Nikica Jelavic’s two goals and missed penalty were the talking points of a completely one-sided game.

And Martinez commended the Croatian for his attitude and display after he was recalled to the Everton starting line-up for the first time since September.

He told evertontv: “It was a pleasing performance from our point of view. We got stronger and I thought the players enjoyed playing at Goodison. They enjoyed the atmosphere and that’s really pleasing for me.

“Jela has been working really well and has suffered due to the good form of Romelu Lukaku. He got the opportunity today and scored two goals.

“He’ll be disappointed he has missed the penalty because he should have scored a hat-trick, but his overall play was outstanding.

“His movement in the box is as sharp as I have seen from him. At times he made some great runs that we didn’t spot but that’s being ultra-critical.

“But I thought he was very professional and he got two deserved goals.”

Martinez also heaped praise on Everton’s defenders whose dominant performances at the back ensured Joel Robles had a trouble-free afternoon.

He said: “The highlights will show the attacking play but what was pleasing was how well we worked off the ball and how quickly we stopped Queens Park Rangers from getting any sort of momentum.

“You are looking at Joel Robles in goal and Seamus who is becoming a real specialist in that position. John Stones was terrific, Antolin is showing what he can do after a long spell out through injury and Bryan Oviedo is maintaining his level of performance.”

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