Martinez: The crowd pushed us over the line against Chelsea

    Roberto Martinez has praised the Goodison faithful for their support against Chelsea

    He said: “Especially in the second  half the team and the fans were an  incredible unit together.

    “You felt a real understanding from  the supporters, that we have new faces  and are trying to do things in a  different way. But we never lost what  an Everton team should have – that  passion, that personality and that  responsibility to play as a winning  team.

    “I was really proud of the crowd.  They were there when they had to be  and overall we felt we were pushed  over the line by them and that  underlines the biggest strength of the  club. we should never lose it.”

    Martinez  emphasised that it will  take time for his side to master his  methods, and that Everton are a work  in progress. However, he believes that  the fans will benefit from watching  stylish and winning football when  everything falls into place.

    “There will be an adaptation  period,” he said. “When someone is on  the ball, where are the options? The  passes? That will take a little bit of  time. At first every ball becomes a  decision, and then after that every ball  becomes a habit and you know where  the next pass is going.

    “That’s why there could be times  when it breaks down and it’s about how  we react after that. Throughout the  game everyone was prepared to react  for each other’s mistakes, to regain  their shape, and that attitude allows  you to be successful.

    “Football is a game of errors. You  play with your feet and it doesn’t  matter whether you’re playing a new  style or not there will be times when  the ball bounces away from you and  you need to react as a unit. We did that  extremely well.

    “When the concepts become more  normal that’s when you become a  better side.”

    Martinez is confident his squad has  the right blend of experience and  ability to reduce the time it takes for  his approach to click.

    “We are talking about a very  experienced group of players. They  know how beneficial it will be to have  these options. They won’t give up on  it,” he said. “One thing is  understanding it, the other is trying it,  then it’s mastering it. We have good  personalities here and that will reduce  the time in terms of adapting.

    “The fans have been magnificent in  their patience and understanding so  far. They see that we have made  mistakes or have been slow in certain  aspects for the right reasons, but they  stay with us. Eventually they’ll see the  benefits.”

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