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Saturday 21 October 2017

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is setting no points target for his team but is looking for more performances like the last hour against Dynamo Kiev in midweek.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is setting no points target for his team but is looking for more performances like the last hour against Dynamo Kiev in midweek.

The Toffees have registered just 28 points from 28 fixtures so far in a poor Premier League campaign and sit six points above the relegation zone.

In the Europa League, meanwhile, they have impressed, although they began Thursday's last-16 first leg against Dynamo showing the same kind of uncertainty that has afflicted them in the Premier League this season.

The Ukrainians took a deserved lead at Goodison Park around the quarter-hour mark and the hosts initially struggled to respond.

But they went on to make a strong recovery, fashioning what ultimately proved to be another commendable European performance that saw them level in the 39th minute through Steven Naismith before sealing a 2-1 win thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 84th-minute penalty.

"I think it would be wrong to set a points target," Martinez said

"What we need to produce is a level of performance that will give us points."

"So that is the focus - how quickly in the league we can get performances that replicate that freedom, enjoyment, high tempo and bravery we showed in the last hour of the game."

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