After defeating Norwich 2-0 on Saturday, Roberto Martinez hopes Everton continues to win games and earn a top four finish at the end of the season. The toffees moved up to fourth place after securing a home win with goals from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas.
Roberto Martinez has admitted that the table will fluctuate until the very end and he will not take it into consideration until the last nine games of the season.
Speaking at a press – conference, Roberto Martinez said, “The last nine games. In the league, I like to work towards the final third of the season.
“When you go into the last nine games of the campaign, that is when you get that extra significance from every point depending on where you are in the table and whether the other results affect your position.
“At the moment we’re still trying to get as many points as we can and we’re working towards that tally.
“Remember the last four games of the season at home – they are against the teams that we are fighting at the moment so we try just to get better and better.
“I thought some of the play we had was electrifying and really very good. We need to keep on improving and hope we can get into that final nine games of the season as strong as we can be.”
Everton faces West Brom before travelling to Anfield for the Merseyside derby. The toffees drew the derby they played at home with 3-3 draw. With both the clubs fighting for a place in top four, the match will be equally important for both Liverpool and Everton.
Everton is in the top four after a 2-0 victory over Norwich. While this is a reason to celebrate, the club’s manager Roberto Martinez has something to worry about. Toffees’ young talent Ross Barkley looks to be out for several weeks.
Ross Barkley injured his foot while playing against Queens Park Rangers during their FA Cup third round fixture last week. Due to this he missed the Premier League fixture against Norwich.
Roberto Martinez said, “We are going to assess him and it seems he is going to be out for a while. It could be broken. We are going to assess it to see if there was displacement or not. It is a very similar incident to the one Leighton Baines had. Before we say exactly what it is, that is the fear, that there could be a fracture in his toe.”
Barkley has played in 19 games for Everton in the Premier League so far. He also scored in the FA Cup tie against QPR and hopes to play for England in the World Cup 2014. He has made himself a part of the first-team line-up at the age of 20. Martinez hopes the injury isn’t long-term and hopes that the midfielder returns soon. The manager is keen on his return and hopes that he recovers soon.
Martinez stated, “Knowing Ross, being a young man, hopefully with the sun – a bit of vitamin D intake, it will accelerate the [healing] process.”
The Dutch International, who missed the midweek champions league show, might be set to face Everton this Wednesday , claims Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes, while praising his Successor Roberto Martinez at the Goodison Park.
Manchester United star Robin Van Persie could feature in David Moyes’s line up on Wednesday, according to the pre-match conference reports. Moyes said, “Robin’s okay. He’s got a chance and might play against Everton.”
Meanwhile, the former Everton boss also took time to praise the newly appointed Toffees manager Roberto Martinez saying, “They have a new manager there and he’s brought in his own players as well. He has done a really good job.”
Manchester United sits two points below Everton and nine points clear of the leaders Arsenal.