Martinez: Be Yourselves
Boss urges Blues to take home form to Old Trafford.
Roberto Martinez believes Everton can put an end to their winless streak at Old Trafford – if his players go out and display the same attacking verve as they did in the thumping of Stoke City.
Everton travel to Manchester United riding on the crest of a wave after the 4-0 win over the Potters brought Martinez his biggest margin of victory since taking over at Goodison Park in the summer.
‘Romp’, ‘rout’ and ‘awesome’ were just a selection of adjectives used to describe the Toffees’ performance by the weekend's national newspapers.
Martinez admits a much tougher task lies ahead on Wednesday – but he wants his players to take to the Old Trafford turf with the same unshackled approach and enjoy the challenge that faces them.
With a second big game against Arsenal awaiting on Sunday, the Spaniard said: “We’ve got two important games away from home and we’re going to be tested to the maximum, but we’re ready for these challenges.
“We know that going to Old Trafford is going to be one of the hardest games of the campaign but, in the same manner, we know that if we want to be successful this season, we need to be able to go to places like that and be ourselves and hit the best possible level of performance.
“I’m really, really excited to see the players enjoying their football on Wednesday.”
It’s been over two decades since Everton emerged victorious at Old Trafford – a 3-0 win in August 1992 being the last time the Blues took maximum points from a visit to Manchester United.
Martinez sees no reason why that statistic cannot be addressed, particularly given the manner of performances at Goodison Park, where Everton have been unbeaten in league combat throughout 2013.
He continued: “Sometimes stats can be confusing but I think it’s significant that we haven’t been able to go away from home against these so-called top four clubs and get wins.
“We’ve got the quality, and we’ve got the support of our fans when we go to these places, so I don’t see why we shouldn’t be performing in the same manner as we do at home.
“If you look at the record of results against these teams at home, it’s quite magnificent, and we need to make sure that we take that on the road."