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martinez pleased with everton's progress

Roberto Martinez feels Everton have done a good job so far this season of adapting to the demands placed upon them - and is sure they will continue to do so.

The Merseysiders have a more hectic schedule this term, with them participating in the Europa League for what is their first continental campaign since 2009-10.

Certainly on that front, they have fared well to date - they currently sit top of Group H having taken five points from their first three games in the pool, a 4-1 home victory over Wolfsburg followed by draws away at FK Krasnodar and Lille.

In the Premier League, after a fifth-placed finish in 2013-14, they are ninth, while they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the third round stage in September.

They have suffered some notable injury setbacks, with the latest being the loss of defender Antolin Alcaraz for up to 12 weeks due to a dislocated shoulder sustained in Saturday's top-flight 0-0 draw with Swansea.

But Toffees boss Martinez is confident in his group's ability to handle whatever is thrown at them.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's home Europa League clash with Lille, Martinez said: "I think we have adapted really very well.

"I have been very impressed with the manner in which, as a squad, we have been facing every game full of energy and full of desire.

"We want to grow into this competition, try to be as good as we can, and clearly the first objective is to try to get through (to the knockout rounds).

"Step by step, we are enjoying the demands of this season."

Then asked if he thought his squad was strong enough to cope with the injuries coming its way, the Spaniard said: "Yes, and I think we have shown that.

"In football, you can take two approaches - one is to start moaning about injuries and suspensions. The other is to look at opportunities."


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