Roberto Martinez praised the showing of Gerard Deulofeu, as he and Ross Barkley both scored to help Everton beat Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
The club's website report that Martinez was delighted with the Spaniard's work rate and his "magic" contribution for the winning goal; which came from a free-kick courtesy of the former Barcelona youngster. The match ended 2-1 and sees Everton move into the next round, with the draw set to follow on Wednesday night.
Martinez said afterwards:
"We want to feel we can give him support and help and allow that immense talent to flourish. We know what he can achieve and we want to help him do that because he’s a sensational talent.”
Everton made five changes for the game and had come from 1-0 down to win, and Martinez added that the Championship club gave them a big test:
“You have to give credit to them, we had to change it tactically. The second half was easier for us and our formation allowed us to have the extra pass to penetrate a little bit more.
"We took control of the game and I thought we deserved to go through. But this cup competition, as with any football game, is never easy, especially playing away from home. We don’t take for granted what we achieved today.
"We haven’t progressed this far since 2011/12 and haven’t done too well away from home in this competition. Other Premier League teams also find it difficult against Championship sides in this stage, and that’s why I’m pleased with the reaction."
England international defender John Stones was withdrawn from the game by Martinez on 48 minutes, but Martinez allayed fears over his fitness by stating the change was just a precaution:
"He’ll be assessed over the next 48 hours but I don’t expect it to be anything too serious."