Martinez: We need to be ready against Barnsley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he side must not underestimate their hosts tonight as they take on Barnsley in the league cup.

The Catalan also praised the South Yorkshire sides academy and says they have brought through a number of fantastic youngsters over the last few years who all get a good football education.

“You need to be ready – you can’t go into any round thinking your league status gives you an advantage on the pitch,”

“The focus will be there and the understanding of who we are facing will be there.

“Talking about winning a competition when you first go into it is a bit stupid but we need to make sure we are as prepared and as good as we can in order to progress.”

The manager praised the Barnsley academy for producing brilliant youngsters including John Stones and Mason Holgate who now play for the blues.

“They do a terrific job with youngsters and give a really good education, so it’s no surprise why they have got such a young team,” added the manager.

“We are expecting a very talented Barnsley team that looks after the ball well. It’s going to be a really good contest in that respect.

“I’m looking forward to the game and the ex-players [Stones and Holgate] will be looking forward to re-living successful memories they had at that ground.”

What will the score be tonight?

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