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Martinez Praises Blues' Improvement

The Everton manager on the game against Real Madrid.

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Roberto Martinez was pleased with the way his Everton side bounced back from a below-par first half performance against Real Madrid.

Everton conceded two goals in the first 30 minutes but rallied after the break and after Nikica Jelavic's goal they ended the stronger side.

Martinez did, however, point to the positives that the game against the Spanish giants yielded.

He told evertontv: "The first half wasn't as good as we can be. I did feel that the way we performed in general was good in many aspects but we were well aware of the counter attacking of this Real Madrid side and we left ourselves exposed to that, which is disappointing.

"But now is the time to do it; pre-season is when you can correct those things and playing against the best you can learn quickly.

"We started from scratch after half time and we won the second half and that is very pleasing. We showed incredible character and there were some monumental performances from some individuals."

The manager also noted that Sylvain Distin's first half header probably shouldn't have been chalked off for an alleged push.

He added: "I thought Sylvain's would have been a goal back in the UK. It was unfortunate because it was a great delivery and a good header."

Gerard Anthony DannThe more I see/hear what Roberto has to say the more I am impressed with him... COYB. Really positive for next season.

Sunday 4th August 17:30 Report Comment

ian jephsonSo many positives to take from the game well done lads,looking forward to the season to start.

Sunday 4th August 12:00 Report Comment

ashley devineNice to see the gaffa brought on Deulofeu - cant wait to see what the season holds for him - and us!! COYB!!!!!

Sunday 4th August 07:31 Report Comment

Derek PriceGreat to hear Roberto praising the team even in defeat. Distan's effort should have been allowed. Looking forward now to next Sunday against Real Betis.

Sunday 4th August 07:26 Report Comment
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