Thursday 17 January 2019

Gibson game-time a positive despite loss

Everton manager Roberto Martinez remained in a positive frame of mind despite his team tumbling out of the Capital One Cup after a first-ever defeat to Swansea.

The Toffees crashed to a 3-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium last night, as goals from Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Marvin Emnes earned 2013 Cup winners Swansea a spot in the last 16 of the competition.

Martinez was disappointed with the result but felt there were positives to be taken after making seven changes from the side which lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

"We were looking for individual performances after making so many changes and we got that," Martinez said.

"Some individuals performed in a fantastic manner and I know they're going to help to the team really well.

"To see someone like Bryan Oviedo perform so well after a long injury was very pleasing, to see someone like Tony Hibbert after a long spell out from injury and play 90 minutes was very pleasing, to see someone like Antonin Alcaraz complete the 90 minutes was pleasing.

"To see someone like Luke Garbutt be a real sign of a player we are trying to develop at Everton and Darron Gibson (pictured) play 90 minutes after 10 months out with injury was pleasing, so there were many positives in individual aspects."

Everton head into Saturday's Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield having lost their last two games and conceded six goals in the process.

But Martinez said he is not worried by recent defensive frailties or the form of goalkeeper Tim Howard, who had a particularly shaky afternoon against Palace and was beaten three more times at Swansea.


"I'm not obsessed about it, we kept 15 clean sheets last season and we are a team that can defend and keep clean sheets," Martinez said. "I'm not concerned, even if you don't want the feeling you get when you lose games."

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