Boss: Defeat Won't Stall Us
Martinez says players will grow stronger from derby setback.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists his players are too driven to let the disappointment of a Merseyside derby defeat derail their charge for European qualification.
Despite Tuesday's loss at Anfield, the Blues remain sixth in the Barclays Premier League table, just four points off the top four.
A first chance to bounce back will arrive as quickly as Saturday when 11th-placed Aston Villa make their annual trip to Goodison Park.
That game kicks off a potentially crucial month for the Club, with a home game against Crystal Palace, the FA Cup visit of Swansea City and challenging trips to Tottenham and Chelsea also on the agenda.
And Martinez said: "I think we need to understand why this result happened and we need to learn a few things but, more importantly, we need to get together as a football club and make sure that we get back to our best level as quickly as we can.
"It's what happens in football - you get real highs and real lows. What matters is how you react to those moments. And the good thing is, the squad of players that we have is exactly what we need to get out of a situation like this and make sure that we get back to our standards fast.
"In football, you don't want to lose games, you don't want to lose derbies. But the reality is that we've been magnificent all season and it would be very unfair to just get down after a performance where, on the night, nothing went our way."
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