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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Martinez is wary of Clarets' lack of fear in survival fight

Everton manager Roberto Martinez sees a fearlessness in Burnley similar to that displayed by his Wigan team in surviving against the odds in the Premier League.

The Clarets head to Goodison Park today having beaten Manchester City, drawn against Tottenham and being narrowly defeated by Arsenal in the last month. They remain two points from safety but Martinez believes the fact they have been scrapping to get out of the bottom three all season - much like his Wigan side in the four seasons he spent with them before joining the Toffees - gives them an advantage over teams who have been dragged into the race for survival.

"You always see similarities," said the Spaniard when asked for comparisons with his experience of the Latics' relegation battles.

"I don't think there is any fear of relegation and that is the biggest difference Burnley have over other teams who are not in the relegation zone who are starting to think they have something to lose.

"When you are in a situation as clear as the one they have now with the points they have, they are only one step away from getting away from the bottom three and that is an incredible incentive."

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