Roberto Martinez

Martinez hoping for “spooky” win at Anfield

Roberto Martinez Everton managerEverton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping for some good fortune going into the Merseyside derby tomorrow, exactly 15 years to the day since Everton last beat Liverpool at Anfield.

The Blues’ boss is well aware of the weaknesses his side faces at Anfield, and those which run through his side, and says that he wants to make sure there is more focus around the Everton team.

Martinez said, “The last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was September 27, so let’s hope it’s the same. When we lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace, I said it was a bit spooky. It was 3-2, they had three shots on target and there was three mistakes (like last season). So let’s hope this one is as well.

“It affects us in a positive way in my eyes because stats are there to be broken. It’s a difficult place to go but there are many others too and we have gone and changed the stats and history. I look forward to that – it’s an extra bit of motivation.

“We need to fine tune. You sometimes have areas where you are so good that you might take it for granted. You look at the experience we have in the team. It is just making sure the focus needs to be better.

“That is clearly an area that we need to resolve. It is affecting scorelines. I think performances have been better than last season but we need to improve. We are a confident side. We want to make sure we get more focused, better communication and face the challenge to get back to the standards of last season.

“We don’t want to accept the amount of goals we have conceded. We don’t want to be a team that concedes cheaply. I don’t think it is in the nature of the two sides. We want to impose ourselves on the game. The city wants two teams that will grow and get better. We want to become as good as we can.”

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