Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that he knows results are the most important aspect of football – and not just performances on the pitch.
The Toffees are currently on a six-match winless run since their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Chelsea back in early March.
And ahead of a mouth watering FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United on Saturday, the Blues make the short trip across Stanley Park to contest the Merseyside derby with rivals Liverpool on Wednesday evening.
Everton fans see both matches as ‘make or break’ for Martinez, who has come in for fierce criticism in recent months for his seeming lack of ability to turn the club’s Premier League fortunes around.
The Spaniard has also alluded to performances on the field of play being more important than results obtained from games in past interviews – a move which has not helped win back support from Evertonians.
But, speaking ahead of the encounter with Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield, Martinez stressed that he was under no illusions that results are the bread and butter of competitive professional football.
He said: “Football is about results, it is a results business and I will never be stupid enough to look away from that aspect.
“The first day that I arrived at the football club, I’m the one that I brought the expectations on, I’m the one that I drive the hunger and desire to take Everton where we should be, which is competing for silverware, competing for the best things, playing attractive football, playing teams eye-to-eye and that’s what we’re going to do.
“We’re looking forward to the Merseyside derby and we all know we need our fans more than ever, we need to fight every action on the pitch together, and it is our opportunity to show how good we can be together.
“We need our fans to be as good as we can in the FA Cup. It’s a semi-final, it’s going to be a big football occasion that as Everton we are extremely proud of, and everything we do is to make our fans very proud.”