English Premiership

Martinez remains optimistic

2015-03-02 11:02
Roberto Martinez (AFP)

Cape Town - Everton manager Roberto Martinez was left frustrated after a defeat that means his side have won just once in their last eleven league games.

Olivier Giroud has made amends for his midweek nightmare against Monaco to set up Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Everton at the Emirates Stadium that moved Arsene Wenger's side back up to third in the Premier League on Sunday.

Nonetheless, Martinez sees grounds for optimism and insists his side is improving.

He said: "I think the second goal was a reflection of our season. We have six players in good positions and it ends up in the back of the net.

"You read the 2-0 scoreline but it doesn't reflect our game and that's story of our season. We have never had the momentum you need to win games by doing enough. We have had to be perfect to win games and that is something we have to change in the next eleven games.

"Maybe a bit harsh but when we came back in pre season we had incredible high hopes of being able to carry on where we finished last season.

"But we had two games when we dropped four points in the last minutes and psychologically it felt very, very tough to enjoy our football. It's been more of a chore having to get those points and I don't see that enjoyment in the league.

"But I do feel the group is becoming stronger. The dressing room now is really down, something we shouldn't be sharing after a performance like that at Arsenal, but young players going through these experiences could be the final tick for fulfilling our potential and becoming a winning team."

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