Defiant EVERTON boss Martinez: Pain of FA Cup exit will drive players on for the rest of the league campaign
[quote]The season now is very much alive for us. As a group now we have got a clear indication of where we need to get[/quote]
Defiant Everton boss Roberto Martinez is determined to silence any doubters and will use the pain of Everton’s FA Cup quarter final defeat at the Emirates to motivate his players for the crucial run in.
Everton went toe-to-toe with Arsenal for 70 minutes but finally succumbed to the Gunners superior firepower with Arsene Wenger’s title chasing team eventually running out as 4-1 winners. While the scoreline flattered the home team, Martinez accepted it was a familiar story for his team but vowed to use the experience to spur on Everton’s chase for European football next season:
“If anything that is going to give even more motivation and a bigger incentive to beat those margins,” he said.
“If you don’t get hurt by that [Arsenal defeat] you have got nowhere to go really if you don’t have those feelings.”
“We are fully focused now. We have just got the league – 33 points to play for, which is a phenomenal amount.
“The season now is very much alive for us. As a group now we have got a clear indication of where we need to get,” said the defiant Everton Boss Martinez.
Not for the first time in recent days, Martinez highlighted how Everton’s financial restraints are impacting on his immediate ambitions for the club.
However the Toffees manager is adamant the players he has at his disposal can rise to the difficult challenge ahead:
“I think at the beginning of the season you get those teams who are expected to win titles because of the financial approach.
“We are in a position where, because of our football club and the history we have, we should be expecting to win titles.
“It is going to be a bit of a process and a bit of work but I think you saw we are not far away from being able to go to Arsenal and be able to get through to an FA Cup semi-final.
“Now it’s just a matter of making sure the small margins get affected in our favour and we can progress without expecting to go into big places like the Emirates and be beaten.
“The performances are showing that we’re starting to develop that belief so the next stage is to be able to reflect it in the scoreline.”