Monday, 21st April, 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has reflected on a job well done after his side defeated Manchester United 2-0 yesterday to consolidate fifth place in the Premier League table.

Leighton Baines’ 28th-minute penalty put the Toffees in front before Kevin Mirallas doubled his side’s advantage just before the half-time interval at Goodison Park.

Manchester United tried desperately to get a foothold in the game, but Everton’s resolute defence produced a marvelous display which resulted in a clean sheet.

And Martinez was thrilled with the manner in which his side came out with the full three points against the defending champions, especially as it was the Merseyside club’s third game in just eight days.


"It was a very satisfying performance, especially being the third game in eight days”, the Spaniard explained to his club’s official site.

"I thought it was going to be a really demanding game, so to be able to be so good in what we were trying to do was pleasing.

"Being 2-0 up was a risky moment where you expect United to throw everything at you. But to keep a clean sheet from that point on after what happened on Wednesday, I was very proud.

"Tim Howard made a world-class save in the 86th minute and for all the quality Manchester United had on the pitch, that [that was United’s most threatening moment] speaks volumes of our defensive display."

Everton, who are just a point adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, will next lock horns with Southampton on Saturday.

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