Keane hails marauding Everton full-backs as the best in the business
In the wake of Everton’s 3-1 win over Swansea City the infamously hard to please assistant Irish manager lavished praise on the Toffees full-backs. The former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United midfield enforcer told ITV viewers:
“Coleman and (Leighton) Baines are the best two full-backs in the League.”
“They get forward superbly and make huge influences on the game.”
Meanwhile, Blues boss Roberto Martinez has praised the influence of Steven Naismith who came off the bench to swing the 5th round tie in Everton’s favour.
The former Rangers striker left the pitch before the final whistle after a cynical foul by Jordi Amat left the Scottish International with concussion. Martinez explained:
“Naismith is OK. We will check him over the next 24 hours as he had a bit of delayed concussion with the knock. He was fine and then all of a sudden he became dizzy and he couldn’t remember what was happening and we couldn’t take risks.”
“He said he didn’t remember he scored so I told him he scored from 40 yards. He is a gem of a boy, an incredible footballer, and I am just pleased he is enjoying his football.”
“He has played in different positions but when he is central he is at his best. He was instinctive, a real threat, and he is enjoying his football. I want him to carry on doing that. We hope he will be fine and be able to join training this week.”
Everton were drawn away to Arsenal in the 6th round of the competition after Wenger’s side beat Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates.