Monday 18 December 2017

Martinez's joy as Toffees shed 'fear factor'

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JAMES McCarthy has called on his Everton team-mates to use yesterday's badly-needed win over Newcastle United to move up the table.

The Ireland international scored his first goal of the season, and only his second-ever goal for Everton, in a 3-0 win, a game where international team-mate Darron Gibson impressed in a starting role as the Toffees earned their first home league win of 2015, with Romelu Lukaku and substitute Ross Barkley also on target.

Everton's relegation worries eased with the win and McCarthy, shrugging off personal praise for his goal, has already moved on and is looking to Thursday's Europa League clash wirh Dynamo Kyiv.

"The most important thing was getting the three points - the way we went about our business was spot-on," said McCarthy, ahead of big weeks which sees the club play in Europe and then face struggling QPR on Sunday. Now we have got a big European tie on Thursday, but we are all delighted in the changing room. We have to try and kick up this table.

"We'll take it a game at a time. We are not looking too far ahead of ourselves. We know it's a big three points and it gives us a boost away from the bottom.

"We will now look forward to Thursday but then we have got to keep on winning ways next Sunday. We need to build on this and kick up this table," added McCarthy, one of three Ireland internationals in the starting XI although, worryingly, Aiden McGeady was not even on the bench for the Toffees.

Manager Roberto Martinez was pleased with his side's efforts.

"The mindset wasn't of a team who had fear of losing at home, some of the play was outstanding but when we had to defend and work hard for each other we did that with total composure," said Martinez.

Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver admits there was an immediate inquest in the aftermath of the defeat but insists they were not crisis talks.

"A few of the guys had a few composed words after the match," he added.

"I told one or two players not to say anything because usually it is one or two players who come forward - I wanted it to come from other people. The fact people make a point I think is a healthy situation - it can't always come from me, I'm not a dictator"

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