Roberto Martinez: Everton’s fans deserve silverware

24 Apr

Roberto Martinez believes Everton’s fans deserve to be supporting a club which wins silverware, following the Toffees’ defeat in the FA Cup semi-final.


Anthony Martial scored an injury time winner for the Red Devils to send them through to the Final, breaking the hearts of Martinez and the blue half of Merseyside.

Despite falling behind to a Marouane Fellaini striker, Everton grew into the game, and after Chris Smalling had put the ball into his own net to bring the tie level, it was Martinez’s men who looked the better team.

They would likely have continued this dominance into extra-time, and many would have made them favourites to progress.

But Martial bagged the late goal, knocking Everton out, and ensuring that their fans have to go another season without a trophy.

Speaking after the game, Martinez said: “We wanted to give silverware to our fans which they deserve immensely, and we want to finish as high as we can in the table.

“I think we can learn a lot from this season. It has been a tough season.”

The Spaniard has been coming under increasing criticism this year, but the performance his players put in suggested that they are behind him – something Martinez himself realised.

Martinez said: “As a manager I just concentrate on working with the team and building from game to game.

I think you’ve seen an incredible togetherness, an incredible desire and an incredible belief in what we can achieve.”

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