Martinez: We looked electrifying on the counter-attack
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was proud of his players after overcoming the task of beating former manager David Moyes Manchester United team, which was the blues third game in eight days.
Everton put on a professional performance that tested the red devils to the hilt and some brilliant counter-attacking drew praise from the Spaniard as his team kept in touch with the champions league places, hot on the heels of Arsenal who saw off Hull City.
He said: “It was a very satisfying performance, especially being the third game in eight days.
“I thought it was going to be a really demanding game, so to be able to be so good in what we were trying to do was pleasing.
“Being 2-0 up was a risky moment where you expect United to throw everything at you. But to keep a clean sheet from that point on after what happened on Wednesday, I was very proud.
“Tim Howard made a world-class save in the 86th minute and for all the quality Manchester United had on the pitch, that [that was United’s most threatening moment] speaks volumes of our defensive display.”
“We had to be clever in using our energy right. We’ve been able to use the squad for the last six or seven weeks and that’s probably been the difference.
“It’s an important balance between having players that are fresh and those that have been contributing. We have the right balance with the squad going into the final games.
“That performance was dynamic and full of energy. We looked electrifying on the counter-attack and a very exciting team to watch.
“We had to be patient and pick our moments, and, when we did, I think we were terrific.”
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