Martinez praises Everton reaction in Europa League win

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is looking for the Toffees to repeat the second half display in the Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev when they resume Premier League competition this weekend, BBC Sport has reported.

Martinez oversaw a 2-1 win against the Ukrainians after Oleg Husev put the visitors in front at Goodison Park, only for Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku to give Everton the advantage ahead of the second leg, to be played next week. Lukaku netted a late penalty after Danilo Silva handled Leon Osman’s cross, while the Belgium international also set up Naismith’s goal with a run and lay-off, the Scotland forward finishing past Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.

Everton have only six league wins all season and following a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City in their last domestic fixture are 14th, six points off the bottom three ahead of Sunday’s home game against Newcastle United. Without a league win since late January’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, Everton are on the brink of a relegation battle and Martinez called for the second half against Dynamo to be an inspiration when the Magpies visit Goodison.

“On Sunday, we need that level of performance we saw in the second half,” he said. “We were outstanding in the second half. When we get the tempo right and have that expression in our play, we have shown that we are a good team.

“[Everton were anxious] in the first 20 minutes but we found that expression in our play,” the former Wigan Athletic boss added. “Overall, it was a very good performance and the reaction shows we are a very good team. We are not favourites as the home team always has a little advantage.”

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