Monday 11 December 2017

Martinez defiant in face of unrest

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Roberto Martinez looks on. Photo: Getty
Roberto Martinez looks on. Photo: Getty
A banner reading 'Time to go Roberto' is flown over the stadium. Photo: Getty
Tom Cleverley of Everton scores his team's first goal. Photo: Getty

Goodison Park

Everton manager Roberto Martinez accepts responsibility for the club's disappointing season but will continue to ignore the growing protests at his continued stay at the club.

More than 100 fans remained behind for more than 90 minutes following the much-needed 2-1 home victory over Bournemouth - which also included a flypast banner protest - to express their discontent with 'Martinez Out' flags and chants.

Opposition to the Spaniard has grown over recent weeks and last weekend's FA Cup semi-final exit to Manchester United was the final straw for many.

Martinez, however, remains focused on his job despite increased speculation about his future after the club's board meeting on Friday.

"I am the manager of the football club and I am the one that takes the responsibility. We are in the results business," he said.

"Football is a game full of passion and emotions and I understand what comes when you have not won enough games.

"I can understand we have been through a very painful time but we had high hopes; we wanted to get into the final and we have had eight (league) defeats at home.

"I cannot hide that it is a real disappointment for all of us, not just me. We want to learn from the mistakes."

"It is a privilege and an honour to be manager of Everton."

Defender Leighton Baines secured Everton's first home league win since early February with his first goal since November 2014 after Marc Pugh had cancelled out Tom Cleverley's goal inside the opening 10 minutes.

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