Saturday, 26th April, 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that his side will not give up overhauling Arsenal in fourth spot in the Premier League despite losing 2-0 to Southampton today.

The Toffees were undone by two own goals on the south coast, Antolin Alcaraz giving them the worst possible start by heading past Tim Howard in the first minute, while then Seamus Coleman headed in, in the 31st minute.

Martinez's men never recovered and now sit one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, while the Gunners have a game in hand, which will come on Monday at home against Newcastle.

But Martinez, speaking post-match to BT Sport, will not give in.


"Not at all [we don’t give up], from our point of view it doesn't change at all. We have had eight wins in 10 games, that's a phenomenal return and allows us to go into the next two games trying to get maximum points.

"We are working towards the biggest points tally that we can get and at the end of the season, we will see where that takes us.

"You cannot underestimate the good run that the team has been in.

"Today was a real setback, but we'll learn from this. We're still a very young group, the amount of changes we had to make made it extra difficult today, but we'll be ready for next Saturday."

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