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Martinez Proud In Defeat

Boss rues conceded goals but delighted with efforts.

Martinez Proud In Defeat

Roberto Martinez admitted it was a day of mixed emotions at Goodison Park as the Blues fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of title-chasing Manchester City.

Results earlier had all but cemented Everton in fifth position barring a dramatic goal swing on the final day.

But the Toffees still headed out with Champions League football still within reach, aiming to sign off at home with yet another win.

Ross Barkley's wondergoal had given the hosts a dream start, but Sergio Aguero's strike and an Edin Dzeko double reversed the tie before Romelu Lukaku's header.

The Citizens' treble denied Martinez a 14th home league victory in his first season in charge and prevented a club record points tally in the Premier League from growing further.

The Spaniard said: "It's one of those moments with mixed emotions. I think we need to let the result settle in but overall realise it's been a tremendous season.

"We again showed arrogance and the belief we have and our group is one to be very excited about for the future.

"I thought it was a fascinating game. We started well and looked in control and it was a magnificent piece of skill from Ross Barkley.

"But we are disappointed with the three goals we conceded. Manchester City didn't carry enough threat to score three goals. It was at times more down to our understanding and a little bit of luck.

"Our overall performance was terrific but I think the injury to Aguero affected us more than it did them."

Martinez pointed to the Argentine's involvement in City's equaliser - a goal that came about through a series of unfortunate events.

Steven Naismith would have made it 2-0 to Everton but for the fingertips of a full-stretch Joe Hart and immediately the visitors found the net at the other end.

"I thought that was the turning point," added the Blues boss. "There is a moment where Sergio is coming to the side to come off because he is feeling an injury.

"The next action is out wide on the pitch and it leads to him scoring the goal. It was a very rare moment where we weren't in control.

"We conceded that goal from a bit of confusion around a player who doesn't want to be on the pitch and needs to come off."

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