Sell-Outs Boost Boss
Sold out away ends and Goodison full houses inspire Martinez.
Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to Everton fans following a series of sold-out fixtures.
Every league away game this season has seen the Blues' entire allocation snapped up, while the last home game against Hull and the forthcoming Merseyside derby have also sold out.
This Sunday's Goodison Park encounter with Tottenham Hotspur is also selling very quickly and Martinez said: "The fans are the reason why we all get excited in the first place.
"Remember, the passion and the history that we have is very much alive in the way that our fans support our team and it is the feeling of feeling at home when we go away from home and we see our fans in the stands that is something we really appreciate.
"It’s something we’re going to carry on throughout this season - we want the fans to know we appreciate them and we are very aware of that, and everything we do is to not let them down. We want them to feel extremely proud of Everton and extremely proud of the team."
The Blues boss knows the Goodison faithful will be vital in boosting his side against fellow top-six outfit Spurs this weekend.
"We know that we’ll have to be at our best on Sunday," he continued. "I think Spurs are probably one of the best squads in the league; if anything they’ve coped really well losing one of the best performers last season [Gareth Bale].
"The amount of players they’ve accumulated now is not going to be a benefit straight away but beneficial over the next few years. They have young players with real talent and that gives them many, many options.
"But we just concentrate on ourselves. We’re still growing and we’re still getting better. We’re a group of players that are ready to compete against whoever and with the support of Goodison behind us, we need to make sure we look forward to the occasion and look forward to the game."
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