Everton draw leaves Martinez frustrated

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was frustrated after his side were unable to break down a dogged Swansea City on Saturday and were forced to settle for a goalless draw, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

The Toffees were on top for the majority of the game and put the away defence under constant pressure, but were unable to break through and rarely tested goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, with Phil Jagielka coming the closest with a header while Romelu Lukaku was inches away from converting Samuel Eto’o’s cross in second half stoppage time.

Swansea, who were forced back late on after the sending off of Jonjo Shelvey for two yellow cards, rarely threatened but should have had a penalty in the first half when defender Antolin Alcaraz handled the former Liverpool man’s shot.

Afterwards, Martinez was left to rue his side’s inability to break down a stubborn backline. He said: “It was a frustrating game for us. We were a bit pedestrian with the way we moved the ball. We weren’t quick enough. We didn’t have our usual tempo.

“We can score goals when we get behind teams in numbers but we didn’t have that. Sometimes we didn’t make the right calls. Sometimes we didn’t get the fortune. But we weren’t at our very best.”

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