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Everton crashed out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night as Roberto Martinez's former side Swansea City racked up a 3-0 win over the Toffees. That made it six goals conceded in just two games for Everton, and 17 in just seven games this season as the concerns over the defence continue to grow - but Martinez says he isn't concerned.
"I'm not obsessed about it [the goals conceded]," said Martinez. "We kept 15 clean sheets last season and we are a team that can defend and keep clean sheets. I'm not concerned, even if you don't want the feeling you get when you lose football games.
"If he [Howard] had been a young goalkeeper maybe you think how he might be affected by those experiences. But he is in the best moment of his career and has got the control and experience [to deal with it)]. Those moments happen but we win and score goals as a team and it's the same when we lose and let in goals."
The game also saw Costa Rican full back Bryan Oviedo return from injury. The 24-year-old has been out since January having broken his leg in an FA Cup tie against Stevenage, and after eight months out injured, the former Copenhagen star is happy to be back.
"In training, he said I would have a chance and I felt very happy," said Oviedo. "I wanted to play and this was a nice opportunity. I'm not happy with the result, but Swansea played well and scored goals and that happens sometimes."
"It was very emotional and I was very excited. I had waited for eight months to start in the team and I tried to give everything I had. Maybe the result is not good. Now we need to go home and look at what happened in the game and be ready for the next game because it is the most important one. The most important game now is the derby [against Liverpool] next Saturday."
Finally, Oviedo was joined on the left hand side by youngster Luke Garbutt. The 21-year-old joined from Leeds in 2009, and after loan spells with Cheltenham and Colchester, he finally made his debut for the Toffees in South Wales on Tuesday, but was disappointed with the outcome.
"It was my first competitive start for the Club, which obviously I am really pleased about. But, on the whole, we have got to be disappointed with the way we conceded. The gaffer said to me at the start of the game that he knew the quality I could deliver but that I had to get the first few crosses right. I made sure that I did and that gave me the confidence for the rest of the game. I have now got to keep working hard, keep learning from those here at the Club and wait for another opportunity."