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Martinez: A Job Well Done

Boss pleased to progress into FA Cup quarter-finals.

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Roberto Martinez saluted a job well done as Everton beat Swansea City 3-1 to book a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Blues were level pegging with their south Wales opponents at half-time after Jonathan de Guzman cancelled out Lacina Traore’s early debut goal.

But the Spaniard saw his side find another gear in the final half-hour and progress into the last eight of the competition courtesy of goals from substitute Steven Naismith and defender Leighton Baines.

“We're very satisfied because that's all you're looking for - a win to get through to the next round,” Martinez said. “I thought it was a really good game of football in the first half, very level. In a way, Swansea had many changes, with many fresh legs and players with a point to prove and that gave them a very good approach to the game.

“I thought we were a little bit anxious. I think we were feeling the role of playing at home and the expectation to get through to the next round, and we were a little bit too cagey with our possession. We allowed Swansea to get really well organised and cause problems on the counter.

“The second half was very different. I felt that we coped with that much better, we controlled the game, creating good opportunities and limiting Swansea to very little.”

Substitute Naismith was the catalyst for Everton’s dominant display after the break.

The Scot put the Blues 2-1 ahead moments after his arrival, won the penalty for the third goal but was then forced from the field with a couple of minutes remaining after receiving a blow to the head.

Martinez, however, allayed any serious concerns over the forward’s welfare.

He added: “Steven's okay. We're going to check him in the next 24 hours. He had a bit of a delayed concussion.

“When he had the knock he was okay, then he became a bit dizzy and he couldn't remember much of what was happening. At that point we couldn't take any risks.

“We'll observe him over the next 24 hours but we're hoping he'll be fine and he'll be able to join the group for this week's training.”

Gordon C DaviesSorry Roberto I thought we were a bit anxious & poor for long periods of this cup tie. GCD

Sunday 16th February 20:51 Report Comment
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