Everton boss Roberto Martinez was delighted to see his side book their place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 victory against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
First-half goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku were enough to earn the Toffees a victory at the the Riverside Stadium, as they booked their place in the last four of the competition for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
The Blues are now unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions and Martinez believes his side are fully deserving of their place in the draw after they put in a mature performances against the Championship high-flyers.
He said: “It was all about getting to the semi-finals. The fans came in big numbers and it is terrific for our football club. We knew we had to be very mature and control the game.”
The former Wigan boss was particularly pleased with how well his team responded following their disappointing 3-3 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, when they threw away a 2-0 and 3-2 lead against the Cherries in the Premier League.
He continued: “We showed we learnt a lot from the weekend. Middlesbrough are a very, very good team and they defended really well. Our two goals were exceptional pieces of quality.”
The Toffees will now face a two-legged tie against either Stoke, Manchester City, Liverpool or Southampton for a place in the final and they are available at 5.50 to win the competition for the very first time this season.