From The Echo...
Roberto Martinez insists he "couldn't care less" if Everton concede the first goal of any game - just as long as they fight back to win.
The Blues have gone behind in nine of their 13 games this season but Martinez is not worried about their habit of shipping the opening goal.
Martinez believes his Everton side have the strength of character to bounce back from conceding first and says the only time they've not shown it was against Manchester United earlier this month.
And though the Blues boss says he would prefer not to have to continually chase games, seeing the opposition score the first goal doesn't worry him.
“It is something you don't want to do, clearly," Martinez said.
“I just felt against Manchester United, for one reason or another, we couldn't react as well as we wanted – even though in the second-half we created chances to get that reaction in the scoreline.
“Goals, as you know, change games but normally we don't seem to be deflated or effected too much when we have a disappointment on the pitch.
“That is a real positive.
"Obviously you want to win the football match and if we do that then I couldn't care less that we conceded the first goal."
Any thoughts? Seems an absolutely ludicrous statement and philosophy to me, how can you not care if you concede the first goal in games, even if you do go on and win them eventually?