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Roberto Martinez felt Everton’s failure to gain a crucial two-goal cushion cost them the chance to take maximum points at the Hawthorns and move back up to fourth place in the Premier League.

Kevin Mirallas’ second goal in as many games gave Everton a half-time lead but they failed to build on their advantage and were ultimately forced to accept a point when Diego Lugano’s 75th-minute header earned West Bromwich Albion a draw.

Martinez said: “It’s fair to say that we started the game really well. In the first half an hour we were very dangerous and got rid of the pressure West Brom were trying to apply.

“But when you get into that dominant position, you need to get that two-goal cushion. In the second half, we probably weren’t at our best in terms of managing the game.

“We weren’t controlling the ball the way we wanted but the pitch made it difficult for the team in possession, not just for us but West Brom as well.

“Both teams pressed each other really well but we are disappointed to concede a goal in the way that we did.”

Despite the disappointment of throwing away a lead, Martinez took consolation in the fact that the Blues added another point to their tally.

Martinez continued: “The reality is that we are away from home and it’s another point on our tally.

“We knew that the home side, with the new manager, would make it a difficult game for us.”

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