Martinez ‘hurt’ by derby defeat
Roberto Martinez was “hurt” by his side’s performance in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Everton manager was disappointed by his side’s first half performance, but he has backed his team to bounce back from the defeat and finish the season strongly.
“What’s disappointing is that we showed throughout the season better levels than this, it’s a performance that hurts, a result that hurts, but the way to react is to make sure we finish very strong from now to the end of the season,” said Martinez.
“The first half performance is as poor and as naïve and as loose as we have been this season,” he continued.
“We were focusing too much on wanting to score and we lost the good elements we have in any solid performance. From the first time we conceded in the dead ball situation, it wasn’t ourselves at all.
“In the second half we reacted in a different manner and probably we were more ourselves. But it was a very un-characteristic from our point of view.
“But there are reasons for this and we have to make sure we learn from this and it doesn’t happen again this season.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, was delighted with his side’s performance and attitude on the night.
“It’s another three points in terms of where we want to go, it’s a massive victory in terms of one of the rivals that close to us,” said Rodgers.
“Everton have only conceded 11 goals away from home all season so for us to get four was very pleasing.
“We worked tirelessly throughout to block the lines and condense the space knowing that we have players on the counter to intercept and break quickly.
“Overall it’s a great win for us, we have to recover now for the weekend, but there’s no doubt that it was a massive win for us,” he continued.