Martinez hurt by Everton defeat

Roberto Martinez has admitted seeing Everton lose at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday was a painful experience, ESPN has reported.

Goals from Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome gave the Eagles victory, with Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas replying for the home side. The result leaves Everton in fifth place, a point behind Arsenal, missing out on the victory that would have sent the Toffees back into the Premier League’s top four.

“It’s a real disappointment, a result which is hurtful,” Martinez said after the match. “The first-half we were fearful, the way we conceded the first goal shows that. They didn’t have the threat to score three goals. We conceded bad goals.

“The reaction in the second half was ourselves, that was perfect and we were unfortunate not to get something out of the game, but we get ready for the next four games.

“They scored three goals from four shots on target. The breaks went Palace’s way and we congratulate them. They were clinical. We wanted to win so much that we stopped being ourselves and that is what we have to learn from.”

Martinez added that as far as he is concerned, Everton are still competing for the Champions League and with four games to play, the Spaniard wasn’t willing to write off the season. “We will try and get as many points as we can. It doesn’t change anything,” Martinez continued.

“We have had a magnificent season and we have incredible potential in this squad. This was a new situation for us. We wanted to win so much, we wanted to please the crowd and Crystal Palace were probably the worse opposition we could have faced in this situation.

“We put expectations on ourselves and the team is ready to face that expectations, but we lacked the intensity and that cost us three goals.”

Everton host Manchester United on Sunday, with former manager David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini, who followed the Scot to Old Trafford, making their first returns to the blue half of Merseyside.

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