Tuesday 6 December 2016

Furious fan confronts Martinez

Everton 1 Southampton 1

Carl Markham

Published 17/04/2016 | 02:30

Everton's Arouna Kone tries to evade Southampton's Steven Davis. Photo: Carl Recine/Action images via Reuters
Everton's Arouna Kone tries to evade Southampton's Steven Davis. Photo: Carl Recine/Action images via Reuters
Everton's Arouna Kone challenges Southampton's Jordy Clasie. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

Roberto Martinez insists he understands the frustration of a fan who confronted him on the pitch. The draw with Southampton means the Toffees have taken just 17 points out of a possible 51 at home this season and are now guaranteed to finish with their lowest home points tally in top-flight history.

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The atmosphere at Goodison Park has been worsening by the week and there is an increasing number of supporters who blame Martinez for their underachievement. One took it upon himself to invade the pitch and confront stand-in captain Leon Osman before directing a volley of abuse at Martinez, stood in his technical area, and being led away.

"We all understand that the results at home have not been anywhere near what we expect," said Martinez.

"We have been talking a lot about the contrasting seasons we are having away from home and at home and it is understandable you get that frustration."

Ramiro Funes Mori's 68th-minute goal was cancelled out eight minutes later by Sadio Mane's close-range strike but there was more bad news for Everton with Seamus Coleman limping off. With a Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday and Manchester United awaiting at Wembley on Saturday the last thing Martinez needed was more defensive injuries with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines missing this game.

Southampton dominated the clash and were unlucky to leave with just a point. "I am disappointed about the final result," said boss Ronald Koeman.

"It was not sharp enough in the team performance. I was disappointed after 45 minutes that we didn't create more and didn't score a goal."

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