What The Papers Say - 28 April
Howard and Martinez review the Southampton game.
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Tim Howard offers his verdict on the weekend trip to Southampton in Monday’s issue of the Liverpool Echo.
The American said it was ‘head scratching’ to work out why Everton were so unlike themselves at St Mary’s where own goals from Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman ensured the Blues suffered just their seventh league loss of the campaign.
The match report in the Echo has picked out Steven Naismith as Everton’s star performer, with the Scot commended for his tireless running even after he had received a knock to the knee.
The defeat was a dent in the Blues’ Champions League aspirations and Roberto Martinez has told the Daily Express that even if his side fall short and finish fifth, a place in the Europa League would not be considered as an unwanted prize.
Elsewhere, all the national papers report on Coleman’s inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.