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A Class Act – Everton Manager Roberto Martinez

1:45 pm, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

After yesterday’s game both Steve McClaren and Everton manager Roberto Martinez talked about a thrilling game which ended in Tom Cleverley getting the only goal of the game with JUST seconds to play in stoppage time.

McClaren said he felt sorry for the Newcastle players who had worked their socks off to keep in the game in that first half – and if we had taken the chances we had in the second half –  we could even have even won the game.


Roberto Martinez – celebrates very late winner

On the other hand Everton started the game like a steam train and completely overwhelmed Newcastle – and but for the heroics once again of Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal, the game would have been over before half time.

Roberto Martinez is a top coach – we know that – but he’s also a top man and the Spaniard was very complimentary after the game towards both the Newcastle goalkeeper and the effort our players put in.

This is what the former Wigan manager said after yesterday’s game:

“I felt very satisfied with the way that we were performing throughout the game.”  “In football you have to take your chances, but I thought the way we controlled the game was very pleasing.”

“I thought we started the game extremely well in the first 20 minutes? where we were totally dominating.”

“I must admit that Elliot in goal was outstanding and I’ve reviewed a couple of the actions and we had five clear-cut opportunities, and to get that away from home with our goalscoring threat was very, very impressive.”

“But probably more important than ever it was about being able to get through that little period that the home team are always going to get.”

“I thought we stopped their threat really, really well but any ball can bounce in the box, any second ball, any 50-50, we were there.”

“Tim Howard had to make a really good reaction save but apart from that I feel we deserved that final kick in terms of getting the three points.”

“Probably the last action of the game is very cruel for Newcastle because you could see the level they showed throughout the game.”

“You can see why Newcastle got seven points in the last nine but overall I feel it was a well-deserved three points.”

It was cruel the way we lost the game yesterday, but if our players take it in the right way there’s no reason we cannot come back tomorrow and get all 3 points at the The Hawthorns.

That would be great.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Dec 27, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Yeah ed, I remember the class oozing out of him when that dirty little tw@t nearly finished hairdryers career….

  • 2 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    sissoko plays
    nil points

  • 3 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    I don’t understand why most fans can see the holes in the team yet every manager we get does not. It’s clear that the left side is unbalanced with a lb who can’t do go forward and a cm at lw yet what’s the bet nothing will be fine in January. It’s clear colo is what we need and we need a big brute CB to deal with target men yet nothing is done. We get talent like Aaron’s who does everything correctly when gets chance outperforming all the so called stars and favs yet still gets benched. Why is it so hard football is a simple bloody game yet idiots make it complicated. Play a cm in middle play a winger out wide and get the players in Jan to do the job it’s bloody simple!!

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Sorry for grammar just blasted through post lol

  • 5 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Obv colo not what we need ffs lol!!

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Is it really necessary to swear.

  • 7 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    pot calling kettle there eh

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Not every post I don’t.

  • 9 JamesToon // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Martinez is a class manager and way above the level of Pardew and mcclaren

  • 10 banjax // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Everton are not the wealthiest of clubs and largely due to a committed manager in the guise of David Moyes and a supportive chairman, they have plugged their way investing every year with quality new players who could make it in the Premier League. They have had consistency from the outset and blew most of their transfer budget circa £25m on Lukaku. Now take Newcastle, we have had several managers, changes for the worse in recruiting foreign mercenaries on the cheap in the hope of quick profit. We have sold our best players replacing them with some of the lesser quality we have now which showed on Saturday. Quite frankly Mike Ashley’s policies of meagre investment are now paying the kind of dividends that he didn’t expect and by now he should be realising his own lack of ability and short comings. Apart from my belief that we have the wrong Chairman ( and Manager ) who thinks low investment in players is the best policy, Mike Ashley (with expert advice) could quickly change his strategy of how the club is run and invest in a new structure. He will have to make up for poor advice and rid the club of poor quality players in the squad even at a loss and buy proven premiership quality even if it means paying the odd £25m for a top player. Mike Ashley’s reward for doing all this will be a club on the up, playing for pride and trophies and probably the best thing (for Ashley) will be a big profit when sells a successful club to some moneybags enterprise.

  • 11 JP...from The Rock // Dec 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Nufc83- i couldn’t agree more mate.

  • 12 nufcursed // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    we deserve to go down. we’re by far the most boring team to watch in the PL, maybe even in europe. all this talk of passing football is just utter rubbish. i’ve never seen any football team (in any league in any country) play so little ‘passing-football’. mcclaren is definitely not an improvement on pardew (and i was one of pardew’s biggest critics)!
    we need a new manager with a vision, someone who knows the strengths and weaknesses of his players (which steve DOES NOT).
    and ashley must go as well as mcclaren was his last chance to put things right and he blew it!
    the guy’s a business man, not a football person!
    i hope we end up in the championship and build a team around armstrong, aarons, lascelles,..

    we CANNOT continue with players like:

    -janmaat (far too many mistakes, should’ve been sent off yesterday)
    -colo (not a captain)
    -dummett (great effort but too limited)
    – anita (too lightweight for the perm)
    – sissoko (great runs, but no passing ability in crucial moments)
    – mitrovic (must start showing he’s worth it soon or it’ll be too late)

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