Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits his side made defensive mistakes

After Everton were thrashed 5-2 by Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16, manager Roberto Martinez opted not to be overly critical of his under-fire defence, but did admit that the Toffees made mistakes that cost them a place in the quarter-finals of the competition, reports Sky Sports.

Everton have been struggling all season, with the Blues’ woeful defensive record seeing them come in for criticism from pundits and former players alike. Manager Roberto Martinez has been under pressure as a result of their poor form, with many supporters requesting the Spaniard’s sacking at the end of the campaign.

He defended his side following the thrashing, but throughout the game Everton were guilty of poor errors at the back that led to Kiev creating chances and scoring goals. It’s been a common theme of Everton’s campaign, as their backline has looked disjointed and inconsistent.

Martinez has come under fire, as his former club Wigan Athletic had problems with their defence during his time with the Latics, but he steadied the ship last season, and had the Blues boasting one of the best defensive records in the league in 2013/14. He did admit they made errors on Thursday night.

“I agree there were instances when we could have defended better. A couple of times we made some defensive mistakes but there was also some incredible finishing from the opposition,” he said.

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