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Roberto Martinez will remind his players to think back to the way they dismantled Stoke, Fulham and Norwich ahead of this evening’s game against Crystal Palace.

All three teams were languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League table when they visited Goodison Park earlier this season - and each returned home having been undone by Everton’s patient, possession-based game.

Martinez saluted the ‘controlled’ performance in the 4-0 victory over the Potters in November, while the Spaniard was equally as complimentary towards the Blues after they negotiated their route past the ‘tricky’ test that the Canaries posed last month.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Goodison chief suggested a similar approach could be needed to break down a resurgent Palace side, who under Tony Pulis’ stewardship have clawed their way up into 15th place on the back of a 3-1 home win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Martinez told evertontv: “Tony brings a real know-how of how to win games in this league. He did it exceptionally well at Stoke and this Crystal Palace side is starting to get this know-how in the way they play.

“They are always hard to break down and have got terrific defensive qualities and can hit you on the counter with their pace and talent at their disposal.

"At deadball situations, Tony Pulis has always been a specialist, so it’s a matter of being well aware and concentrating on what we are good at. 

“We need to carry on doing what we have done at home this season because we have adapted really well when facing different opposition.

"We’ve had to break many teams down this season and we have done it with style and composure. That will be needed on Wednesday night.

“It will be a completely different game to the one at White Hart Lane but similar to the ones we have faced at home, like Stoke and Norwich, who set out to be hard to beat and hard to break down."

Palace were one of the most active of the Premier League clubs in January, signing five players in a bid to boost their survival charge.

Two of the new additions, Tom Ince and Joe Ledley, netted on their debuts in the Eagles’ victory over the Baggies at the weekend.

And a post-transfer window ‘honeymoon’ period is another factor Martinez says Everton will need to combat.

He said: “When you get fresh players, they bring a bit of a honeymoon period to your side, which is always positive. They've got two new players who scored on their debut and that can give a competitive edge to their squad. 

“You need to give every team respect because it’s a difficult league to be successful. When you see a team getting positive results, it’s because they are doing something right.”

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