Boss: We're Focused On Points
Martinez not analysing the Premier League table until May 11.
Roberto Martinez is focusing on points rather than positions over the final nine games of the season.
The Blues have the opportunity to once again move above Tottenham Hotspur into fifth place in the standings with a victory at Newcastle on Tuesday evening.
Everton have so far accumulated 54 points, with a further 27 up for grabs in the last two months of the campaign.
Twelve more points would better the Toffees’ record Premier League tally, achieved during the 2007/08 campaign.
Over the last three seasons, points totals of 58 [Liverpool, 2010/11], 64 [Chelsea, 2011/12] and 63 [Everton, 2012/13] have been enough to secure sixth spot which would this year ensure qualification to next year’s Europa League.
But instead of calculating ifs, buts and maybes during the business end of the season, Martinez says he will only analyse the Premier League table once the final whistle has been blown at the KC Stadium on May 11.
“What is important is the points tally,” Martinez told evertontv. “Fifty-four points at this stage is a very good tally for us.
“What we need to do is make sure every game that we go into we try to increase that number. That figure is what is going to get us in either one position or another at the end of the season.
“It is a bit unrealistic to look at the table when you have got teams with a different number of games played and different fixtures ahead.
“All that matters is our focus, mentality and getting players refreshed from game to game and enjoying their football. We want to get the maximum number of points we can and then after the final game of the season against Hull City it will be the time to look at the table and see where it has taken us.
“We are taking the next nine games as nine unique opportunities to increase our tally.”
Meanwhile, Martinez expects there to be more goal-laden weekends between now and the end of the season.
The ball hit the net 42 times across the 10 top-flight matches on Saturday and Sunday.
This number is the second highest scored in single a round of Premier League fixtures, a total which was bettered by just one goal over 5 and 6 February 2011.
Offering his view on the goal-crazy weekend that has just passed, Martinez continued: “It’s a trend in world football, not just the Premier League.
“There is a real attention to attacking play and scoring goals. That’s what the fans want to watch and the entertaining aspect is the fast, dynamic football with attacking play in mind.
“At this stage of the season, teams are trying to win games because draws are not good enough for anyone when you are trying to achieve an aim.
“It opens games up massively, which was probably a reflection of what happened at the weekend.”
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