Martinez: Deulofeu inspired us with pace and penetration

Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised winger Gerard Deulofeu after the winger came on at half-time at 2-0 down to inspire his team to victory.

The Catalan admitted that he only wanted to give the Spaniard 45 minutes and he struggled when the match went to extra time but felt that Deulofeu adapted well.

“He was outstanding when he came on.  His pace, penetration and ability in one-v-one situations was something that inspired our second-half performance.

“As you could see at the end, he was finding it tough. The plan was never that he would play anything longer than 45 minutes. But he adapted well and can only benefit from it.

“It was a really good display. But everyone in the second half, individually and collectively, was very strong. It would have been all too easy to let the momentum of the first half contaminate the second, but the attitude of the team was very clear – we wanted to get through. It was tough but we deserved it.”

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