Saturday 16 December 2017

Pressure mounting on Martinez

stoke 2 EVERTON 0

Everton's poor Premier League form continued, piling pressure on manager Roberto Martinez.

Goals from Victor Moses (pictured) and Mame Diouf gave Stoke victory.

Moses powered a 32nd-minute header into the top corner from Phil Bardsley's excellent cross.

Diouf prodded in a late second for Mark Hughes' side after Marko Arnautovic's shot hit the post.

Defeat leaves Everton with 28 points from 28 matches - their worst tally at this stage of a season in the Premier League era.

While their run to the last 16 of the Europa League has been impressive, they have been unable to transfer that form to the league - and they sit six points above the relegation zone, having collected just 11 points from their last 16 league matches.

Stoke, though, are on course for their highest Premier League finish. Hughes's side ended last season in ninth, on 50 points, and are currently eighth, on 42 points, with 10 games to play.

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