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Martinez: I Couldn't Be Prouder

Boss delighted with 'immense' defensive showing against Chelsea.

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Roberto Martinez said he could not have been prouder with the way Everton battled for their first Premier League win of the season against Chelsea.

Steven Naismith’s header in first-half stoppage time ensured the Blues recorded maximum points and extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to five matches

Martinez felt Everton’s attacking play deserved more than the solitary goal - but he was particularly encouraged with the way his team defended stubbornly to record a third successive Premier League clean sheet.

Asked for his verdict on the game, Martinez said: “It’s difficult to describe. It wasn’t the perfect performance from our point of view but we showed character and all the attributes needed to be a winning side.

“We gave away two or three chances from not keeping the ball well enough but the way we reacted, took responsibility and defended was immense.

“Throughout the game, I thought we always carried a threat. Chelsea are a team that are well recognised for their defensive strength but I thought we were unfortunate not to score more than one goal.

“It was one of those performances as a manager where you couldn’t be prouder.”

Martinez also reserved praise for the Everton fans who rallied behind their team from the first whistle to the last.

He added: “It’s a win where the fans will understand that it is going to take time to be as good as we can be, but we can still win football games in the process if we are all together and support each other.

“But in terms of showing all the attributes needed to be a winning team, they were on display today by Everton.”

Dimitar MarkovI haven't watched football from a loooong time... just came to see how things are going and.... have to say... couldn't be any happier....Smart move with Barry

Tuesday 17th September 08:18 Report Comment

Kevin WalshI believe!!

Saturday 14th September 22:54 Report Comment

Iain McCallumCouldn't be prouder tonight... Barry was immense, great signing.

Saturday 14th September 22:19 Report Comment

shaun hughesThat's why i travel to watch the blues,soo proud

Saturday 14th September 21:58 Report Comment

Ciaran FarrellyGreat win today chief keep them coming Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

Saturday 14th September 21:27 Report Comment

Robert CulbertsonWell done to the lads. Play your football and BELIEVE!

Saturday 14th September 21:24 Report Comment

Alan PrestonFantastic..coyb!

Saturday 14th September 21:22 Report Comment
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