Everton manager Roberto Martinez has bristled at suggestions that his side need to be more ruthless, claiming that he wouldn't have been asked the question if it wasn't for an incorrectly allowed goal for Chelsea on Saturday.
John Terry was a yard offside when his 98th minute goal grabbed a point for the Blues - the second time this season that Everton have conceded so deep in injury time to draw 3-3.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Martinez said: "If we’d have been sitting here with a 3-2 victory it would be a completely different perception. The players don’t deserve to be questioned for their game management.
“Do we need to be more ruthless? No. We won the game against Chelsea, it’s as simple as that. We were winning 3-2 when the clock showed 97 minutes and 50 seconds. We should have played 97 minutes and conceded a goal that shouldn’t have been given. It was offside.
“It’s a performance that shows how far we have come this season. We played with real intensity at the Etihad on Wednesday and kept a very good clean sheet and created a good threat. On Saturday, to score three goals was a victory that unfortunately has been taken away from us.”
He did take a moment to praise his squad though, saying: “We are excited about the team we have and the squad we have produced. We’ve been investing over the last three seasons and given young players a lot of opportunities, and now you are starting to see players that are very young but are mature enough, they are ready.
“You see John Stones and Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, they have big roles in our team. The next aspect is to become a winning team and that’s a process that shouldn’t have been as hurtful as it was on Saturday, we will make sure that we fulfil that potential."
Saturday's draw leaves the Toffees in the bottom half of the table, but Martinez claimed that the Champions League places still weren't out of reach. He said: “Everyone can think what they want, but we’re thinking we can get up to the top four positions. We are allowed to think that way."
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