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Martinez: We Should Have Won

Boss disappointed only to take a point at Leicester.

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Roberto Martinez said the overriding feeling in the Everton dressing room was one of disappointment after a late equaliser denied the Blues an opening-day victory over Leicester City.

The Toffees were set to get the new season off to a winning start following goals from Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith, either side of Leonardo Ulloa’s debut strike for the hosts.

However, Chris Wood earned a point for Leicester with four minutes left.

He said: “We should have won the game and we only have ourselves to blame,” the Blues boss said. “I think we did everything we had to do in the first half – I thought we controlled the environment and everything that comes when playing against a newly-promoted side.
 
“We coped with things really well and did the hardest thing in taking the lead twice. 

“We scored a very well-taken goal through Aiden McGeady - I think he looked bright throughout the game -  and the second is a very, very good goal with the way we combined as a team.

“Leicester’s goals, the first was very unfortunate after a deflection from a corner, and the second one, maybe we got too relaxed.”

Martinez also felt Everton should have pressed for a third goal during the second half rather than protect what they already had.

He added: “If I have a criticism from our point of view, it’s that maybe we should have gone for that third goal with a little bit more brightness rather than just controlling the game.

“I thought the tempo of the game dropped and, with four minutes to go, we didn’t show the concentration levels you need to keep a clean sheet. When you play a team like Leicester, you know they are going to come with a positive approach.”

Tom GrahamHope Roberto proves me wrong (again) but very poor second half and fresh legs should have been brought on. Jags, Diston, Stones and Lukaku not fit or sharp. Worrying with Gunners and Chelsea next up.

Monday 18th August 03:37 Report Comment

Peter FellTo cheer up Ross sing this song. Follow follow follow Everton are the team to follow.Cos Ross Barkley is better than Mikel Arteta he's the best little scouser we know.

Sunday 17th August 21:19 Report Comment

Peter FellTo cheer up Ross sing this song. Follow follow follow Everton are the team to follow.Cos Ross Barkley is better than Mikel Arteta he's the best little scouser we know.

Sunday 17th August 21:19 Report Comment

Jeff GillenHead up Ross head up your a top player and top fella

Sunday 17th August 15:27 Report Comment

mick robertsHOW MANY TIMES DID ROBERTO SAY WE LOST CONCENTRATION FOR THERE GOAL LAST SEASON OBVIOUSLY STILL HAVENT LEARNED OR THEY ARE JST NOT LISTENING

Sunday 17th August 11:24 Report Comment

Casey RybackSeems to run out of steam in the second half. This Wong happen at Goodison with the crowd behind the team. Pienaar and Naismith both excellent but others looked a bit rusty. COYB!

Sunday 17th August 06:23 Report Comment

Richard PorterYes disappointing to lose 2 points need Tony Hibbert back to tighten up the defence so come on don't slacken off I agree with the manager concentrate for the full game

Saturday 16th August 23:01 Report Comment

David CampbellVery poor...

Saturday 16th August 22:33 Report Comment

Mark MoretonJust thought we got tired towards the last ten mins! Bit of a blow about barkley news.

Saturday 16th August 20:51 Report Comment

James Yoxall"We should have won" was a comment we heard a lot last season, in the second we were not interested in trying to get a 3rd goal. If we want a top team we have got for the kill when we have the lead.

Saturday 16th August 20:43 Report Comment

Trevor DaviesHe should have picked a stronger side then

Saturday 16th August 19:48 Report Comment

Hugh DanielsDecent first half creativity, total shambles in attack and defense in second half - obvious lack of fitness in some players. What happened to our usual rock solid back four? COYB and shape up!!!!!

Saturday 16th August 18:57 Report Comment

JOHN OWUSUi think atsu should have started the Game.

Saturday 16th August 18:47 Report Comment

Chris FidlerTo be honest, we looked disjointed and very tired, it was a very poor performance

Saturday 16th August 18:25 Report Comment

Colin WilliamsRobbie, YOU! Have to do better.

Saturday 16th August 18:10 Report Comment
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