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McCarthy Reveals Derby Rocket

Midfielder says Martinez's stern half time words were key.

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James McCarthy has revealed that a few stern words from manager Roberto Martinez was the catalyst for Everton’s spirited second-half display against Liverpool.

The Blues trailed 2-1 at half-time in Saturday’s derby but emerged after the interval and peppered Simon Mignolet’s goal.

Romelu Lukaku netted twice in front of the Gwladys Street but McCarthy is adamant it should not take a team talk from the Blues boss halfway through the contest to spark Everton into top gear.

He told evertontv: “We weren’t good enough in the first half and that’s a couple of times that’s happened recently which the manager let us know about in the dressing room. He tore into us.

“We got the ball down and played it better in the second half, and there was a big change. The gaffer’s passion is passing the ball and playing properly and even though it was a derby we managed to do that.

“There was only going to be one winner in the second half so it was so annoying to concede another set piece. I saw it going over my head and just couldn’t get anything on it because it was a wee bit too high. We will have to work on that.”

McCarthy admitted that conceding the equaliser so late in the game made the 3-3 draw feel like a defeat – but he now intends to channel that frustration into next weekend’s home clash with Stoke City.

The Toffees now sit in seventh place in the Premier League table after the weekend results, just one point behind Manchester City who climbed into fourth spot after their 6-0 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur.

McCarthy added: “It was exciting for the fans but disappointing for myself. I thought we deserved the three points but we go again next week against Stoke and we need to get three points as soon as possible. It’s going to be a tough game.

“The belief in the changing room is that we’re still right in the mix. We don’t want to get carried away and say we’re going to get in the Champions League and not do it but we’ve got a good squad.

“This is a great bunch of players and there’s a real positive mood around the ground. There’s a long way to go but we can build on this.”

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Iain McCallumThe king is dead.... Long live the king Martinez

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