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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Roberto Martinez said the psychological blow of conceding in the first half was the key factor in Everton’s defeat at Southampton.

That early first half mistake from Antolin Alcaraz and a second own goal from Seamus Coleman handed the home side what would prove to be an unassailable lead.

And the manager explained that the timing and nature of the concessions were key.

He told evertontv: “It was a really difficult result to take. The reality is to concede two own goals so early in the game made things nearly impossible.

“I did think that the second half we came out with a good attitude and good bravery but we needed that goal.

“When you want to win so much, and you concede two own goals, I felt psychologically we lost a bit of confidence and our normal arrogance in our play.”

It wasn’t just in their own box where Everton could consider themselves unfortunate.

“We needed that goal,” Martinez continued. “We had a couple of chances for Lukaku in the second half and for me it was a penalty on Leon Osman.

“There were key moments when we needed that little bit of luck. It could have a been a different ending if we had got that goal.”

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