Wednesday 13 December 2017

Martinez told Toffees to play with no fear – Coleman

Seamus Coleman wants Everton to follow up on the victory over Manchester United
Seamus Coleman wants Everton to follow up on the victory over Manchester United
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SEAMUS COLEMAN says that the philosophy of Roberto Martinez was central to Everton securing a famous win at Manchester United on Wednesday night.

The Donegal man paid tribute to the Spaniard in the aftermath of the Toffees' 1-0 victory over former boss David Moyes, their first success at Old Trafford since 1992.

Coleman, who impressed along with Irish colleague James McCarthy in front of the watching Roy Keane, stressed that Martinez's encouragement of a positive style was crucial to the victory.

And the 25-year-old believes that Everton can now start to dream of a top-four finish this term.

"The manager has been working hard to get us to believe we could come here and get a result," said the right-back.

"It came from the way we've been playing, the way we've been keeping the ball and the confidence that has built. He just wanted us to play with no fear.

"Earlier in the season we tried to go to (Manchester) City in the same way (and lost 3-1), but since then the manager has had more time to instil belief in us and we're delighted with the result.

"From the sidelines all we could hear was the manager telling us to keep getting on the ball, and that was when we were 1-0 up.

"We got a brilliant result against Stoke and worked hard in training on how to beat United. Without a doubt this win makes us think the top four is possible.

"Coming to places like this and getting a result the way we're playing makes us think we can finish high up the table."

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