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Roberto Martinez senses his Everton side are ready to maximise the opportunity presented by three matches within a week.

Nine Premier League points are up for grabs in a short period of time, with trips to St James’ Park and Craven Cottage following hot on the heels of Saturday’s home clash with Swansea.

The rescheduled Newcastle fixture, taking place next Tuesday evening, is one of two games in hand that Everton have on fifth-placed Spurs, who sit just a couple points above the Blues in the league standings.

“It’s really exciting. You want to play games and we have got a squad that is ready,” Martinez declared to evertontv.

“The performance against Cardiff showed an incredible maturity, even when the scoreline was not reflecting what we wanted. We never lost our direction and way of playing and we got our rewards really late.

“I think the team is ready now to play games in a short space of time. Physically we have got good numbers and good options.

“We need to use them well but to be successful in this period is to take every day as it comes and every game on an individual matter.”

Everton are out to complete a 2013/14 treble over Swansea, after the 2-1 league win at the Liberty Stadium in December and the 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round success at Goodison last month.

The Jacks are perched only four points above the drop zone and were beaten at home by fellow relegation contenders West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

But ahead of another reunion with his former club, Martinez is ignoring the Welsh outfit’s form guide.

“Swansea City are a team that are very much a better side than the results are showing in the league,” added the Spaniard.

“Clearly being in the Europa League had an effect but we cannot underestimate the quality and philosophy that they have as a team. They will be tough opposition at the weekend.

Martinez added: “We have learnt that Swansea will never change their football philosophy. That’s been a success over the years.

“They are a team that can cope with any environment in the league, keep the ball really well and master possession. In that respect, it makes games against them really difficult.

“They have good individuals and as a team they have had some real highs this season; being able to go to Old Trafford and beat Manchester United in the FA Cup and to be able to go to Napoli and put up a real good fight.

“As a team they are still growing and are still finding their way with the new manager Gary Monk. Overall though, they will never surprise you in terms of how good they are in what they try to do.”

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