Roberto Martinez: ‘Score flattered us’

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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Roberto Martinez felt the score line flattered his Everton side as they opened up their Europa League campaign with a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg.

An own goal from Ricardo Rodriguez broke the deadlock after just 15 minutes and further goals by Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas put Everton in a commanding lead.

Rodriguez pulled one back for the visitors deep in stoppage time but it would have been even closer had Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard not pulled off a number of fine saves.

Martinez admits the score line was a little unjust, but was not complaining as Everton made their return to the European stage for the first time in five years.

“We were looking forward to the environment and a European night at Goodison under the lights,” Martinez said.

“There’s been a lot of talk from the fans and it was phenomenal to get that feeling. The atmosphere was perfect for us to start a very good performance.

“I thought there were two very good sides. On the night the scoreline probably doesn’t reflect the difference between the two sides.

“We scored at the right times. Our work-rate was magnificent. We had to defend and we did that really well but every time we went forward we had a clinical touch about us.”

Martinez will now have to check if everyone has come through the clash unscathed as they prepare for another home match with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

Everton are installed as 1.39 favourites to take all three points, with the Eagles priced at 7.98, while the draw is at 4.44.

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