Everton manager Roberto Martinez has sworn to repay Evertonians in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final after a dismal Merseyside derby defeat.
The Toffees were embarrassed as they slumped to a 4-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night – the second time in three years that Martinez has overseen such a score line on the Reds’ home turf.
Ramiro Funes Mori’s straight red and injuries to Gareth Barry and John Stones also added to a truly horrific night for Blues’ fans across the world as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot.
And with fellow centre half Phil Jagielka also injured, Martinez may end up taking his side to Wembley to face Manchester United with no centre backs available to him.
But the Spaniard, who has incurred the wrath of Evertonians in recent weeks, remained defiant – and wants his players to put on a performance to make Toffees’ supporters proud on Saturday evening.
“Nobody deserved to experience that – no fan or player deserved to be in that situation or chain of events,” Martinez lamented.
“It was a horrible experience for everyone connected to the football club.
“We need to move on quickly and repay our fans with a proper performance and showing in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
“That game is so close to us that I don’t think we should dwell on this one for too long because you have to focus on Saturday.
“We need to regroup and make sure we have that opportunity to give the fans what they deserve – a chance to get in the final.”