Roberto Martinez: ‘We deserved more’

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that his side deserved more after they were beaten 3-2 by West Ham on Saturday at Goodison Park.

The Toffees were handed their seventh home defeat of the campaign after allowing a two-goal lead to slip against the Hammers.

Everton raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon. Midfielder Kevin Mirallas was then sent off after two bookable first-half offences.

Lukaku could have put the game to bed but he missed a penalty and that allowed West Ham back into the contest.

Everton’s defence showed their frailties and Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet fired to put Martinez under more pressure.

The Spaniard has been linked with the sack since the defeat but the former Wigan boss insists his team deserved more.

“I felt we were the better side. We created chances but more importantly we just nullified West Ham completely and we defended really well,” he said.

“We were presented with a very difficult game when Kevin Mirallas had the red card, but if you look at the way we adapted and the way we started the second half, the way that we work for each other with an incredible tactical knowledge, you wouldn’t be able to tell that West Ham had an extra man.

“I am concerned about the number of defeats we’ve had at home. But when you analyse the performances we didn’t deserve the defeats.

“If you look at our away form, we have one defeat, and we are a team who can get points anywhere. At home we should be a team who at times get points without playing well. That’s where we need to get.”

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