Toffees chief calls for a performance

Roberto Martinez hopes it is Everton rather than fellow FA Cup semi-finalists Watford that can emerge from their Premier League slump.

Everton: Toffees chief calls for a performanceEverton: Toffees chief calls for a performance

Involvement in the latter stages of the cup has brought the league campaigns of both teams to a grinding halt, with Everton losing their last three matches and Watford their last four.

Coincidentally, Everton’s next league game after Watford is against the Hornets’ FA Cup opponents Crystal Palace, who have not won a league game in 2016.

Toffees boss Martinez said: “You can work on every aspect of the game, and every technicality, but confidence comes with achieving good results and feeling good about yourself.

“It’s something we need to regain with a good performance and getting back to winning ways. It’s as simple as that. We need to simplify it.

“We should forget about the semi-final. Every team that got through to the semi-finals, they haven’t won a game in the league.

“That’s probably something that happens when you reach a real high, it’s difficult to reach the same level in the next few games. That’s why we need to control the level of performance in the game against Watford.

“They are in a similar situation. First and foremost I think Watford have had an outstanding season.

“We faced them in the opening game of the campaign, they surprised us with how quickly they got into the tempo of the Premier League, how well organised Quique Sanchez Flores had the team, the partnership that has been so successful playing up front, and I think they are not a surprise any more.

“What they are doing in the cup is probably what makes it a really interesting game. Both sides are desperate to get the form into the league.”

Watford were challenging for the European spots not long ago but a run of only two wins in 10 league games has seen them slide to 14th, two places and one point below Everton.

But the Hornets had overachieved and their priority for the season, safety, has surely already been secured.

It is a different story for Everton, with fans growing increasingly angry about results, particularly at home, and frustrated by Martinez’s relentless positivity.

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